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 In life we plan for many eventualities, but so few people make plans for their own Funeral both in wishes for how they would want their funeral to be and in financial planning for a funeral.There are growing concerns about how we talk about, pay for, plan and organise the whole process of ageing and dying. Current arrangements for providing support and advice are already creaking but we face a growing problem, both financial and emotional because of our ageing population.It can be a great help to relatives and friends left behind to have a plan of how you would want your funeral to be, and can save a lot of time, effort and argument, trying to guess what you would have wanted.
 All funeral directors are the same – aren't they ?? When people need a funeral director what choices do they make?they ask question to their family or friends, maybe one that looked after a family member previously? They can see one in the high street?Even if you get a good answer to any of the above why shouldn't you compare funeral directors, before deciding which one to use? Still only 10% of all consumers go to more than one funeral director when they need to arrange a funeral. Why is this?·         It's a difficult time for people and the pressure to get this “sorted” can be great.
You wait and wait for a great book to come along. Unlike buses, great books don’t come along four at once. They are as single as they are singular. Today’s great book is Your Digital Afterlife.
The best obituaries are to be found in the Victoria Times Colonist. Its archive of obits will prove a treasure trove for social historians of the future.Here’s an especially fine one — he sounds like a lovely guy. I like the scattergun approach. The task of collecting single words or phrases is something that celebrants could usefully set their families.
At the risk of seeming rather tabloid, especially during a difficult period for the press, we recently produced a list of tips for people who are arranging or planning a funeral. I presented this to a group of hospice workers and bereavement professionals who had a number of good suggestions to make, so I am hoping that others will be able to add to the list so that we can make it a TOP TWENTY or more…  1. Don’t panic – there’s no need to be rushed into any decisions. S l o w  things down and allow yourself to take stock of what has happened.2. Carry on caring for the person who has died and take time to say goodbye.
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