Funeral Plans

Pre-paid Funeral Plans

Contact us to arrange a Funeral Plan now and save yourself and your family a potential £25,000:

Why should I arrange a pre-paid Funeral Plan?

  • So that you are organised for your family’s sake – they will know your wishes and won’t have to think about what you may or may not have wanted.
  • So that the money is immediately available for your funeral when you pass away – simply having the money in the bank does not mean it will be easily accessible for your family.
  • So that the arrangements are easier for your family – they won’t have to find/appoint a funeral director (though you can nominate a specific Hertfordshire funeral director on your plan if you wish).
  • To protect your family’s inheritance from rising funeral costs. If you buy a pre-paid plan a long time before you are likely to die, you buy at today’s prices. Funeral costs are rising rapidly (almost doubling every decade) so if you pay £3,500 for a funeral plan when you are 50 and die when you are 80+, you will have saved around £25,000 – much better off in your family’s hands than those of a funeral director!

When should I buy a pre-paid Funeral Plan?

  • It’s never really too early – if you can afford to set money aside for your funeral when you are in your 40’s – do it! The earlier you do it, the more money will be saved by your family when you pass away.

You can pay by instalments over periods of up to 15 years, so if you either have a lump sum of money that you can afford to use, or can afford a regular monthly payment, you should consider arranging a pre-paid Funeral Plan.

How do I arrange a pre-paid Funeral Plan?

  • That bit is easy – contact us to discuss your options. It really isn’t complicated; there is a choice of 3 or 4 plans which can be tailored to your needs.
  • It will take around 30-45 minutes to complete the paperwork.This can either be done in person at a face to face meeting if you are local to the Herts & Beds area, or over the phone if you live further away. If it is just easier for you to arrange your Funeral Plan by phone that is fine as well. Once you have given your instructions about what you would like that is it pretty much all you need to do.
  • The plan will be submitted by your A.R.K. consultant and will usually be approved within a few days. Shortly after that, you will receive your Welcome Pack giving you all the documents you need in order for your family to know what to do when the time comes.

What is included in a typical Funeral Plan and how much is that going to cost?

There are a few different plans that are designed to cover all the costs usually incurred when a cremation takes place (but these can be adapted to cover burials as well). The three most popular plans vary in cost according to the number of cars needed to transport your loved ones to the cemetery, and the style of coffin you would prefer.

For illustration purposes we have chosen a mid-price plan which covers the cost of a cremation with one car following the hearse. The typical cost is around £3,875. This covers:

  • Care and preparation of the deceased
  • A simple, veneered, coffin with nameplate
  • A funeral hearse plus bearers
  • One following limousine
  • Transfer of the deceased to the funeral home/chapel of rest
  • Organising the service at the crematorium/cemetery and the full cost of the cremation. Plans can be adapted for burial.
  • 24 hour transfer of the deceased to funeral home/chapel of rest (within 20 miles)
  • Organising the service at the crematorium/cemetery
  • Family support and guidance provided by the funeral director
  • Funeral procession from home/funeral home to crematorium/cemetery
  • Time of funeral mutually agreed between funeral director and family
  • Visits to chapel of rest

If you are able to pay in full in one lump sum the cost will be £3,875, but you can spread the cost by paying instalments over periods between 12 and 180 months.

If you would like to spread the cost there are interest free options of up to 2 years depending on the plan, and over that an annual handling charge of approx. 4% is added. If you pay over 10 years the monthly cost would be around £41.40, meaning that you will pay a total of £4,968. Bearing in mind that funeral costs will probably almost double in the next 10 years, paying under £5,000 for your funeral will still mean a saving of at least £2,000 – as in 10 years a funeral costing £3,875 today could cost around £7,000 (and after that prices will only increase further – thus saving you more). We are able to assist with both Safe Hands and Dignity Funeral Plans and your A.R.K. consultant will help you choose the option that best suits your needs.

Please click here for further Safe Hands Funeral Plan information

Please click here for further Dignity Funeral Plan information

For a no obligation chat about making a funeral plan please call us on 01438 746977

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