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MyFuneral™  - Describe Your Funeral Wishes

Describe Your Funeral Wishes
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Why is it important to write down your funeral wishes?

At some point you will die. After you have passed away, your family and loved ones are faced with the administrative headache of managing your financial affairs. But sometimes the most difficult part of your passing is the emotional toll of planning a funeral. Your family may be grieving; it is possible that your death was a traumatic experience for your loved ones. It is unfortunate that at their most vulnerable time, those closest to you will be faced with countless decisions, each of which will make their loss more painful. These decisions will be coming at a time that they are the least equipped to deal with them.

You may have discussed in general terms whether you would like to be buried or cremated. But have you clearly communicated decisions like the cost of your funeral service? Your funeral expenses are usually paid out of your estate, so often it is considered to be free money, but it may pain you to think of your funeral service costing over £10,000. Money that you have spent your life accumulating.

You may have very specific wishes for the style of funeral service, who should be there, favourite readings or songs to be played. You may not feel comfortable sharing them with your family right now, but with our MyFuneral™ service, you can document everything and then get your instructions to the right people at the right time, and not before.

You make the decisions. Using the MyFuneral™ service, you can make it clear whether you want to be buried or cremated, where you would like the service to be held, whether you want your ashes to be placed in a location that is special to you. You can make it clear how much should be spent on your funeral, your organ donation decisions, and much more. We will guide you through these decisions and you can decide how much or how little instruction you wish to pass on to your family and loved ones.

Have you ever been to a funeral and thought "I hope my service is nothing like this one"? You may have had private thoughts about how you want to be remembered. Your funeral should reflect your life and character and be personalised to your values.

You are able to spare your family the difficult decisions associated with costs. Even though your funeral expenses are paid from your estate, this is money that is not going to your favourite charity or to your nephew. If you do not make these decisions for yourself, then your family can be manipulated into spending way too much money on your funeral, because they are led to believe that the cost of your funeral represents your value to them. These are decisions that should not be made by a grieving family.

There is no requirement to answer all of the questions within the MyFuneral™ service. You may feel that some questions are not relevant to you. That's fine. Any guidance you can give to your family and loved ones will be appreciated.

You may even change your mind about some of these decisions. No problem. You can just login to your account at LegalWills.co.uk at any time, and update your funeral wishes all the time you have an active account with us.

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MyFuneral™- Frequently Asked Questions

Describing your funeral wishes ahead of time relieves your family and loved ones of making difficult decisions, at a time when they are least equipped to deal with them. The service at LegalWills.co.uk steps you through some of these decisions, at absolutely no charge. You can then store your wishes online using our secure, encrypted servers, so that your loved ones can access them when they need them.

If you do not communicate your wishes ahead of time, your funeral arrangements can be a source of disagreement amongst family members. Funeral homes often guilt loves ones into paying way more for a funeral than is necessary. They usually offer different service levels and packages at different prices and steer loved ones to more expensive packages as a mark of respect.

Funerals end up being one of the most expensive purchases that you will ever make. Back in 1997, the average cost of a funeral was £1,230. In 2013, this went up to £4,000 (an increase of 225%). Conservative estimates suggest that this number will be over £8,000 by 2020. You can address these costs by clearly articulating your funeral wishes and giving your family permission to not feel guilty when they save some money.

When you step through the MyFuneral™ service, you may be prompted to think about issues that have previously never occurred to you. Hopefully, you will find our service informative and engaging.

Perhaps you have certain spiritual beliefs that should be reflected in your funeral ceremony. You may have a favourite poem, or an item to be buried with. Every funeral should be unique and an expression of a life lived. It is one of the few occasions that will bring together everybody who knew you. Do you want them to mourn their loss, or celebrate your life? You can decide.
There is a common misconception that you should describe your funeral wishes in your Last Will and Testament. In actual fact, it is better to describe them in a separate document. Your Will is a legal document that has very particular signing requirements. In order to be accepted as your Will it must go through a formal probate process. By the time this process is completed, your funeral will probably be over. If you use a service like MyFuneral™, your wishes get to the people who need them at the most appropriate time.
You only need to answer the questions within the service that are important to you. You can certainly skip any sections within the service. The MyFuneral™ service allows you to express things like:
  • Whether you would want any of your organs to be donated
  • Whether you choose to be buried or cremated
  • The location of your service
  • A description of your ceremony
  • Any messages to be read at your service
  • The general feel of your service, and any events after the service
People use MyFuneral™ in different ways. For some, it is a very private exercise where they think about songs to be played, the people who will be in attendance, and the general style of their service. For others, it can be a collaborative task with a focus on costs and logistics. It can be kept private until after you have passed away, or it can be used as a platform for pre-planning your funeral with a funeral home or undertaker.
The MyFuneral™ service guides you through the process of describing your funeral wishes. You can then generate a final document that can be stored with your Will and other important papers.

This can all be done completely free of charge. You are not required to enter credit card details, and we will never charge you a penny. You can also store your document online to be accessed by your designated Keyholder®. This is also free all the time you have an active account with us.

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After you have stepped through the MyFuneral™ service, you will be able to download and print your final document. This can be stored with your other important papers, to be discovered by your Executor or loved ones. We also provide an option to store your information online, in our encrypted database. If you do this, you can name designated Keyholders®, who can access the information with their unique Keyholder® ID. After you have passed away, your Keyholders® can login at LegalWills.co.uk from anywhere in the world, and apply to view your documents.

There is more information available about our proprietary Keyholder mechanism. The instructions for setting up Keyholders® is available under the MyKeyholders™ service after you have logged in.

In addition, you can send your Keyholders® a personalised wallet card which contains all of the information that they need to access your funeral wishes. You can set this up using the MyWalletCards™ service which is available after you have logged in.
The most important step in the Keyholder® process is that you name trusted individuals who you would not expect to access your information before the appropriate time. But our service does have security mechanisms in place to help secure your information.

When your Keyholders® login with their unique Keyholder® ID, they can view the service to which they have been assigned access. They can then apply to view the contents of each service including MyFuneral™.

When they apply to view your funeral wishes, you are immediately notified by email. The service is locked for a period of time, configured by you within the MySecurity™ service. During this waiting time, you have the option to lock the service to prevent the release of the information. If you do not respond (you have passed away), then once the waiting period is over, your funeral wishes are made available to your Keyholder(s)®.
Your funeral is typically arranged by your next of kin. The wishes that you express using the MyFuneral™ service serve as a guide to your next of kin, but they are not legally binding. Usually, your next of kin would welcome the guidance and respect your wishes, but they are under no legal obligation to follow your instructions.
It depends on how many sections you choose to complete. You can certainly step through the MyFuneral™ service in as little as 10 minutes, but it is more likely that some questions will make you think about issues that you have never previously considered. You may want to conduct your own research into local funeral homes or the costs associated with a funeral. There may be questions that will trigger the need for a discussion with family and loved ones.

Fortunately, you do not have to step through the service in one sitting. You can answer just a few questions, and then save your work. You can come back to it by logging into your account at LegalWills.co.uk and pick up from where you left off. You can spend weeks or months preparing your funeral wishes if you need to.
Please take a look at our Security page for detail on how we protect your information to ensure that it is never lost or susceptible to unauthorised access.
The best way to learn about the MyFuneral™ service is to try it out. You can step through the service without entering any credit card details - you will not be charged a penny. There is help every step of the way, with detailed information about each decision.

If you have additional questions, or need information about our other services, just email us at support@legalwills.co.uk and we will be happy to help.

 

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