eziFunerals is an affordable, secure, online end of life planning service that allows you to create an Advance Funeral Plan online.
Death is a subject that most of us don’t want to talk about and yet it is inevitable for all of us. We tend to avoid the topic as much as possible but talking about it with family and friends or taking the time to plan your funeral ahead could save us all from a lot of trouble. Although there is increased awareness for advance care plans, funeral planning is often ignored, and can lead to unnecessary grief for family members who need to make all the arrangements, after our death.
Why should I plan My funeral in advance?
Planning your funeral in advance can reduce the stress your family and friends face at a time of intense grief. By specifying your wishes, you will get the sort of funeral that you would wish to have. It also means that your loved ones will not have to face making decisions at a difficult time.
Once your funeral wishes have been discussed and set down, you can rest assured that your family will be empowered to make informed decisions about all your funeral-related issues and will be able to put your wishes into action. Your funeral wishes can also be used by your family to compare prices and obtain quotes from funeral companies in your area before they sign any funeral contract.
NOTE: You should review your advanced funeral plan regularly so that your wishes and personal details are always up to date.
How Can I Record My Funeral Wishes?
1. Register as a new Funeral Consumer, or simply login to your account.
2. Select the Plan A Funeral menu option and follow the steps provided in each section.
- “Details of Person Making Arrangements” allows you to record details your family will need for official records.
- “Details of Committal” allows you to record how you would like to be put to rest.
- “Details of the Funeral” allows you to record your wishes regarding your funeral.
3. Save or submit your personalised funeral for a no obligation and itemised quote from funeral directors.
Once your funeral plan is created, you can store it online, share it with your family, download it, and use it to compare funeral prices from multiple funeral homes in your area before selecting a funeral director that’s right for you and your family.
Why Should I Appoint a Funeral Guardian?
Funeral Guardians are people you designate to be notified upon your death and execute your advance funeral planning wishes. Whereas a will sets out how you want your property and possessions to be divided after your death, eziFunerals innovative funeral planning platform links your personal funeral plan with your nominated Funeral Guardian.
Why Record My life story?
As you travel along the life course, you experience many different stages and events. Your life may be long and fulfilling or it may be tragically cut short – but you have lived a life that should be remembered and celebrated by your family and friends who are left behind. By recording details (important dates, relationships, homes), anecdotes, even pictures from your life story, you can ensure that your family and friends will have a deeper understanding of you and the life you lived and how you would like to be remembered.
How Can I Manage My affairs?
As part of planning for your funeral wishes in advance, it’s important to make a list of your important contacts and information. These contacts and information will be of great help to your family when sorting and managing your affairs in an orderly manner. (A detailed list of information that you need to record is available in eziFunerals eBook “What Kind of Funeral: a simple step by step guide to planning a meaningful funeral”).
How Can I Donate My Organs?
Donating your organs after your death is a very personal decision but you should discuss it with your family and friends so they are aware of your wishes. You can then register on an Australian organ donor registry.
Is outlining My funeral wishes in my Will good enough?
No. Although people often include a paragraph about their funeral in their will, it may not be a good place to specify how you would like your funeral to be conducted. Another problem of specifying your funeral in a will is that too often, it is not reviewed until after the funeral service takes place, resulting in the deceased’s funeral wishes never being taken into account.
What About Prepaying My funeral?
You can pay for your funeral ahead of time and have peace of mind knowing that the money needed for your funeral has been set aside and that your family will not have to worry about how to pay the bill. Here are the number of options you can choose to prepay your funeral:
- Term Deposit or Online Savings Account
- Prepaid Funerals Plans through Funeral Homes
- Funeral Bonds
- Funeral Insurance.