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Pre-Plan Your Funeral Wishes

For Life's Journey - Civil Funeral Celebrancy | Based in Macclesfield
  • PLAN YOUR OWN CEREMONY

    Planning your own ceremony ahead of time means that your own advance funeral wish will be made when the time comes. Help your loved ones at the difficult time by making your own decisions…

  • IT’S YOUR FUNERAL

    Do it your way! Bespoke funeral ceremonies, memorial services, scattering of ashes services, living funerals and more are provided by us, and we’ll look after you every step…

  • WORKING WITH A CELEBRANT

    Means you can include the elements of celebration you wish to use. Your ceremony is written and delivered uniquely for you and there are no restrictions on content and you will not be bound by any format.

TUIRENN

An Irish Name
pronounced:
TEER-an

BASED IN CHESHIRE

Willing to travel worldwide

Most ceremonies designed & delivered in Cheshire East, South Manchester & North Staffs

Advance Funeral Wish Plans Mean You Get The Funeral You Would Like

Make the hard decisions and choices now, so your family won't have to

No one likes to think about death, let alone plan for it. In many families, discussing your own mortality is an extremely uncomfortable topic. But it is a topic that should be discussed and planned for well in advance of your death.

 

More and more people are preparing their own funeral ceremonies in advance. This allows them to make personal choices about their ceremony while saving their families the stress and difficult decisions that come from not knowing what their loved one would have wanted – especially at a highly emotional time for them when they will not be thinking clearly.

 

You may be of the sentiment that ‘what happens after my death doesn’t matter’, or that ‘I won’t care, I’ll be dead’. Perhaps it is the opposite, and you have a precise vision for what should take place, where and how. Either way what is important is to write it down – so those who are left behind know what your wishes are.

 

An Advance Funeral Wish Plan is a document we draft and create together which specifies your choices, preferences and decisions about what you would like to take place at your own funeral. It will reassure your family that you have thought about things carefully and give them confidence that they are acting in accordance with your wishes. It provides ‘peace of mind’ knowing that your ‘affairs are in order’. Your family, and especially if you have children, will appreciate your concern for their well-being.

 

It is a caring way of providing your loved ones with all the relevant information in one place. The knowledge that you are receiving the care before, during and after the funeral that you wanted will be a great comfort to them during a naturally difficult time.

 

If you have family members and friends who have different ideas about what you would have wanted, who are sure they know what’s best, who think you did express a preference, it’s going to be challenging  making arrangements for your funeral, to agree and all be at peace with the outcome.

 

Families or individuals arranging a funeral for someone who has not written an Advance Funeral Wish Plan may be easily steered into unimaginative, formulaic funerals that are straightforward for the funeral directors to organise. They may be told that they can have whatever they like, but are not told what that may include beyond their own limited options.  It can be helpful and illuminating to have more than just the Funeral Director’s input to help you make decisions.

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Working With For Life's Journey

For Life’s Journey and Independent Celebrant Tuirenn Hurstfield will make sure that your Advance Funeral Wish Plan is put together to ensure your decisions are enacted at the time of your funeral.

 

We will work creatively together with you to get your ceremony just right and fully reflective of your wishes, your life, and the special memories and relationships you would like to be honoured.

 

So let’s get your Advance Funeral Wish Plan in order now.

 

Some of your initial questions answered

Advance Funeral Wish Plan FAQs

What is your Advance Funeral Wish Plan Service Fee Tariff?

The fee is fixed as below. However, if For Life’s Journey/Tuirenn Hurstfield also delivers the final funeral ceremony for you, this fee will be deducted from our usual funeral celebrancy fee (other than travel expenses, if applicable). Otherwise:

  • For preparation of your Advance Funeral Wish Plan– £125 only

Please note: mileage is charged additionally at 45p per mile outside of a fifteen mile radius of Macclesfield, Cheshire.

What is included in my Advance Funeral Wish Plan?

Your funeral plans can be as simple or elaborate as you wish. You may want to only specify a particular burial place or address a myriad of details – from the type of casket to the music at your service. It will essentially cover EVERY ASPECT of the service you would like.

Even if you don’t mind whether for example, you are buried or cremated, whether you want a wicker or wooden coffin, , it is very helpful to put something in writing saying that you don’t mind and specify who you would like to make the relevant decisions.

When should I get my Advance Funeral Wish Plan done?

It is a good idea to get our affairs in order when the time feels right for you. Making known your wishes for your care should you get sick and for your funeral should you depart suddenly from this world will put your mind at rest.

You may think you can’t get your wishes done just yet because you are not clear about everything. But during the conversation with For Life’s Journey/Tuirenn Hurstfield you may find that you do have more preferences than you had thought once you turn your mind to the subject.

Why not just fill in a form?

Often forms sit around in our desk gathering dust and become just one more administrative chore to put off! Having an appointment for a conversation can encourage our reflections and help to focus the mind.

Talking it through can bring more depth and clarity over what you want.

The conversation often reveals follow up questions, things you hadn’t thought about and suggests choices you didn’t know you had. Taking time to reflect can bring up fears and emotions along the way, so having a gentle dialogue can provide helpful guidance, reassurance and support.

Forms offer limited choices and tick box options. There may be more details to add into certain areas and this is best covered in an open dialogue. Funeral Director’s forms do not always include every option and may be more tailored for you to use their services more fully and to encourage you to choose one of their pre-decided funeral payment plans rather than what you truly want.

Will my Advance Funeral Wish Plan be legally binding?

Funeral wishes are not legally binding. It is, therefore, sensible to identify who will give instructions for your funeral, so you feel confident that your wishes will be followed as closely as possible. However as it is a signed and dated document it may stand up in Court of Law. It is first and foremost a support document that lets your family and friends know clearly, in black and white, in detail, what they can best do in your memory and honour.

You can keep them in a documents folder on your computer or a signed hard copy close to your Will, and somewhere known to the person arranging your funeral, as often the Will is not read until after the funeral, in which case your wishes may not be known until it is too late!

Remember that you will also need to make a Will and ensure that it is up-to-date. Your legal advisor can help you complete this. You may also need to collate a ‘death file’ of all your important papers and financial details for easy access when the time comes. An Advance Directive and appointing a (Lasting) Power of Attorney may also be very beneficial and make a huge difference to your end of life.

How do I start working on this?

We can meet in person or arrange to talk over the phone or on Skype. The questions get sent to you just beforehand.

When we have prepared this document and emailed it to you and you are completely happy with it, you can print it off, sign it and give copies given to a friend or family member, your executor and solicitor. Make sure a friend or family member are aware of the document’s existence and it’s whereabouts.

To give you an idea, the meeting normally takes between one hour and 90 minutes. This is followed by an hour and a half to prepare the document.

Keep a copy of your funeral wishes on file and if you wish to update or amend any details you can keep me informed of those changes.

A simple signed document stating your wishes in detail and how you would like family and friends to be involved will enable everyone to give you a wonderful send off with all their love and blessings and help everyone to move on in their grieving.

How do I pay you?

When agreeing a contract with us personally, you will be provided an invoice for records and receipt which will give clear instruction for how payment is to be made – we do not accept cash-in-hand .

Please note: we require that the full fee is paid prior to the first meeting.

Let's Discuss Your Needs

Starting with an informal chat, we'll take it from there...

TUIRENN

An Irish Name
pronounced:
TEER-an

BASED IN CHESHIRE

But willing to travel worldwide.

Most of our ceremonies designed & delivered in Cheshire East, South Manchester & North Staffs

Let's Discuss Your Needs

Starting with an informal chat, we'll take it from there...

Let’s Connect

|||

Other End of Life Ceremonies

To say goodbye your way

To remember & reflect

Close your own chapter

To say goodbye your way

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