Did you know that you can include your funeral wishes in your Will? Many people are of the belief that the purpose of having a Will is to name guardians to look after your children, split residue to your loved one (or charity in some instances), and to make specific gifts, naming but a few.

A Will deals with more than you may realise. However, it is important to add that any funeral wishes in the Will are not legally binding as your executor will be the one to make arrangements for your funeral. However, if instructions are left with them, it is likely that any funeral wishes you make will be respected. The family is also likely to feel very assured that the funeral arranged for you was in accordance with your wishes.

What options do you have?

Woodland burials are something that is becoming more and more popular. A woodland burial is essentially an environmentally friendly option to the normal burial and cremation. The body is not embalmed and takes place in natural burial grounds. A biodegradable coffin is used and is normally made from recycled paper, willow, or wicker.

Instead of a headstone, the burial is normally identified by flowers or a tree. Many burial grounds also have a map so families can visit the site of the deceased.

Essentially the instructions you leave for your funeral can be very detailed or quite brief as this is very much dependant on your wishes. Some may express the wish to be cremated and their ashes to be scattered in a particular area and some may wish for a particular service.

Here are some factors you should consider:-

If you would like to leave quite detailed instructions for your funeral, it would be best to set this out in a separate letter of wishes and have the Will simply state whether you wish to be buried or cremated. Whilst a letter of wishes is not a legally binding document, an advantage of this document is that it does not need to take a particular form and can be amended at any time providing it is signed by you.

Unique Funerals

Attending a funeral can be quite a sad affair where people are expected to wear black dress clothes or dark-colored clothing.

For some, this is not how they want their send off to be and it is known for there to have been some rather strange requests. The most common request is for people not to wear black or instead come dressed in bright clothes, fancy dress, and one Glastonbury fan even requested that everyone who attended his funeral to wear wellies to celebrate his love for the Glastonbury festival. Let’s look at some more examples:

You may decide you are more than happy to leave the decision to your loved ones which are perfectly fine. Alternatively, you may be influenced by some of the “out of the box” funeral ideas above and start to plan a “wild and wacky” funeral so you can leave this world in the best way you possibly can.

In reality, the funeral may be carried out before the Will is even retrieved in most instances so please also let your closest family members aware of your funeral wishes so these can be followed.

Wills are available at DanJo & Co from £99, call the team today on 01952 919210 and request further information.

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