How to make a will or organise your own funeral for Dying Matters Week

It’s a simple and practical question often asked when families are dealing with loss – and the response can be so much more than making a cup of tea.

Dying Matters Week encourages people both to offer support, and to look ahead, which might mean something as simple as starting a conversation about what might happen should the unthinkable occur.

Even choosing the music for your funeral might be better with your own input. After all, it’s about celebrating life… so you can tailor things entirely to suit yourself!

While some go with Robbie Williams’ Angels or You Raise Me Up from Westlife, the top ten (below) is packed with traditional staples, with My Way by Frank Sinatra predictably topping the list. Talking honestly about these plans can offer a way in to deciding on the tougher arrangements.

You can relieve your dependants of tricky decision-making about your funeral by taking time to organise a pre-paid send-off yourself. With average costs just shy of £4,000 it can remove a burden at a time when your family is already suffering from their loss. On top of that, it will also fix the cost of the pre-paid funeral at today’s prices, which will save everyone money in the long-term.

The Nottingham works with Dignity as its pre-paid funeral partner because of their trusted reputation and the fact they work with more than 1,200 owned and approved funeral directors across the country.

Planning ahead in this way also ensures your wishes are clearly recorded and adhered to – and taking some time to make a will also makes it so much easier for your family to deal with your estate when you’re no longer around. 

Talking things through and planning ahead can cut a lot of heartache and unnecessary uncertainty, so to help with this The Nottingham offers an introduction to The Will Writing Company, regulated professionals who are experienced in carrying out such sensitive and important work.

What’s more, as a member of The Nottingham, you could qualify for price reductions on both will writing and a funeral plan under our member rewards scheme.

Here are those all-time favourites you might like to consider: 

  1. My Way; Frank Sinatra
  2. Time To Say Goodbye; Katherine Jenkins
  3. Over the Rainbow; Eva Cassidy
  4. Wind Beneath My Wings; Bette Midler
  5. The Lord's My Shepherd; Psalm 23
  6. We'll Meet Again; Vera Lynn
  7. All Things Bright and Beautiful; Traditional
  8. Always Look on the Bright Side of Life; Eric Idle  
  9. Abide with Me; Traditional
  10. Unforgettable; Nat King Cole

(Top Ten 2016 researched by the Co-op)

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