Things you should know before planning your funeral

Things you should know before planning your funeral

Planning ahead can take a huge burden off your loved ones when you pass away.

One of the few certainties in life is that we’ll all need a funeral one day. While it’s not something you need to dwell on, it can be a good idea to plan ahead.

Why plan your funeral?

Planning your own funeral gives you a chance to have a say in how your family and friends will see you off. For instance, you can specify whether you want a burial or a cremation and whether you would like a religious service – and where you would like to be buried or have your ashes scattered.

You can be as specific as you like, down to choosing the music, prayers or readings. You might want particular funeral flowers or prefer that people donate to a cause close to your heart.

Most importantly, planning your funeral in advance can be a beautiful gift to your loved ones at a difficult time. With the preparations all done, they can feel confident they’re honouring your memory the way you want them to.

What you need to do

Perhaps the best way to ensure you get the funeral you would like is to put your instructions in your Will, so they can be easily found when you pass away.

But it’s also important to plan ahead for the cost – and that’s where funeral insurance comes in.

Funerals in Australia can cost between $4,000 and $15,000, which includes everything from the funeral notice to catering for the wake. That’s a lot of money to come up with at once – and the last thing a grieving family needs.

Funeral insurance can help to cover these costs, with a fast, lump sum payout when it’s needed most.

Find out more today

It only takes a few minutes to get your funeral costs covered – simply contact Australian Seniors insurance Agency by calling 13 13 43 or visit us at


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