Pre-planning with family members for one’s end-of-life arrangements can save a lot of stress.

End-of-life planning: Why it matters to those you leave behind

Looking after your arrangements ahead of time can ease family stress during an emotional period

If you’re like many people in the mid-Island, talking or thinking about death – your own or that of a loved one – doesn’t come easily.

It’s not surprising then, that roughly 75 per cent of families plan funeral and other end-of-life arrangements after a loved one’s death.

But what if you could ensure the people you leave behind won’t have to stress about your arrangements, even if your passing is sudden? Many people plan their end-of-life requirements while they’re alive and can still speak to family about their personal wishes, says Stuart Green, partner with Telford’s Burial and Cremation Centres.

“The experience is like night and day when people have pre-arranged things, as opposed to when they haven’t,” he says. “Plus, people can save as much as 30 per cent on the cost of arrangements by planning ahead.”

Your costs are fixed, payment plans available

One of the advantages of booking ahead is that your loved ones incur no additional costs after your death. And if you’ve chosen a payment plan, the package is paid off in its entirety if you die before your package is paid off.

Family members left to plan funerals and services after the fact may feel financial pressure, Green says. “At that point it’s not about what mom or dad wanted, it’s about what the family can afford to do in that moment. By working ahead, you’re not leaving your choices for someone else to make.”

Let family and friends grieve and remember

Allowing your family and friends to gather to celebrate your life, watch a tribute video and hear stories about your impact on others is an important part of the grieving process. Pre-arranging this part of the process takes away much of the stress during a very emotional time.

Pre-planning extends beyond will and funeral arrangements

In addition to helping ensure you have your will and funeral arrangements looked after, Telford’s can provide other end-of-life options:

  1. Finalizing everything – Not only will Telford’s wind up all aspects of your estate, they’ll look after all the government paperwork such as confirming Canada Pension Plan death benefits, cancelling your driver’s licence, passport and credit cards, and working with Revenue Canada on any remaining tax implications.
  2. Securing payouts for your beneficiaries – From insurance death benefits to other payouts, your surviving family members will have few organizations to notify in the case of your death.
  3. Scattering ashes – With a boat available, your friends and family can respect your wish to have your ashes scattered at sea in a biodegradable container. Telford’s helps make the day memorable, with a short service, lunch provided and a GPS-pinpointed location to mark the spot.

To find out more about the options and how you can streamline your end-of-life experience, call or drop by Telford’s on Townsite Road in Nanaimo. You can also follow them on Facebook.

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