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Time to talk about funeral arrangements

Do you know the funeral arrangements your partner wants?

It came as a bit of a shock to us, when our latest Cost of Dying research revealed that only 1% of people making funeral arrangements knew exactly what the deceased person wanted*. And the surprises didn’t stop there. When it comes to funeral planning, a third of people surveyed didn’t know whether to hold a burial or cremation and more than half were clueless on whether the funeral should be religious or not.

Stats like that got us thinking. While we all think we know our partners inside out, just how well do we really know what they’d want for their funeral arrangements? Do we actually talk about dying at all?

We decided there was only one way to find out. We invited couples to play Game of Funerals! They answered questions about what send off their partner would want, and we got to see just how in tune they were when it comes to each other’s funeral arrangements. The results were enlightening to say the least!

Video transcript
Have you had the conversation?

Paul, what music would you like?

I think the Ace of Spades, or maybe Paranoid by Black Sabbath.

Yvonne, what would Paul like?

I think definitely What is Love, by Howard Jones.

Actually I like the New Orleans type jazz send off.

Um, I can't think of a song she'd like.

Sandy, what flowers would you like?

Sunflowers.

Kevin, What would Sandy like?

Tulips.

Amy, is there anything you would like to take with you?

I would like to take nothing with me.

Russell, what would Amy like to take?

Um, she'd probably like to take me that would be a sentimental item, but I don't suppose we'd fit in the same casket.

I don't think I want to take anything with me. Apart from memories.

I think he'd like to take a photo of me, he always has one on his phone.

Ceri, what kind of send off would you prefer?

Um, I would prefer to be cremated.

Lee, what would Ceri like?

Uh, she definitely wants to be cremated.

It will be a cremation.

I think he'd like a burial.

Burial at sea for me.

I'd say definitely a cremation.

Sandy, where would you like your ashes scattered?

I think I'd quite like them in a place that the family can visit.

Kevin, where would Sandy choose?

In the sea.

Actually there is, I would like to be buried under a tree.

Somewhere where it gets a lot of light.

Amy, is there anyone you wouldn't want at your funeral?

My ex-husband.

Only 1% of us know what a loved one wants for their funeral.

Don't be in the 99%, plan your send off today.

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If you’d like to record your funeral arrangements and help your partner or loved ones to fulfill your wishes, try our My Perfect Send-Off funeral planner. It takes you through the options available and lets you save your choices to keep safe, ready for when they’re needed.

* Source: SunLife Cost of Dying Report 2018

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Who are SunLife?

Phoenix Life Limited trades as SunLife and is the provider of the Guaranteed Over 50 Plan, SunLife Insurance and the life insurance policy payment option for Funeral Plans. Phoenix Life Limited’s registered office is at 1 Wythall Green Way, Wythall, Birmingham, B47 6WG (registered in England, no. 1016269). 

SunLife Limited distributes financial products and services and is a company limited by shares, registered office: 1 Wythall Green Way, Wythall, Birmingham, B47 6WG (registered in England, no. 05460862). SunLife Limited is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and is entered on the Financial Services Register (registration no. 769427).

You can contact us by post at SunLife, PO Box 1395, Peterborough, PE2 2TR or by phone on 0800 008 6060.

If you choose to add Funeral Benefit Option to your Guaranteed Over 50 Plan, Dignity Funerals Ltd arranges and provides the funeral services, registered office: 4 King Edwards Court, Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands, B73 6AP (registered in England and Wales, No. 00041598). Dignity Funerals Ltd is a member of the National Association of Funeral Directors.

Who provides the Funeral Plans?

Dignity Funerals Ltd arranges and provides the funeral services, registered office: 4 King Edwards Court, Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands, B73 6AP (registered in England and Wales, No. 00041598). Dignity Funerals Ltd is a member of the National Association of Funeral Directors.

The life insurance policy that pays for your funeral will be provided by Phoenix Life Limited, trading as SunLife.

Who provides My Smarter (ISA)?

My Smarter (ISA) is provided by Scottish Friendly Asset Managers Limited. Authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. Details can be found on the Financial Services register, registration No. 188832. Member of The Investment Association. Registered Office: Scottish Friendly House, 16 Blythswood Square, Glasgow G2 4HJ.

Who provides the Will writing services?

Hugh James is authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA Number:303202).

The information contained on this website is based on Hugh James' understanding of the law of intestacy in England and Wales only as at April 2014. The law in Scotland and Northern Ireland is significantly different. This is for information purposes and is not intended to be legal advice.

Who provides Family Life Insurance?

SunLife Family Life Insurance is provided by Scottish Friendly Assurance Society Limited which is authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulation Authority. Details can be found on the Financial Services register (registration number 110002). Registered Office: Scottish Friendly House, 16 Blythswood Square, Glasgow G2 4HJ. 

Who provides SunLife Pet Insurance

SunLife Pet Insurance is arranged and administered by BDML Connect Limited. BDML Connect Limited is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (No. 309140). Registered in England and Wales Number 02785540. Registered Office: 45 Westerham Road, Bessels Green, Sevenoaks, Kent, TN13 2QB.

Who provides SunLife Home Insurance

SunLife Home Insurance is arranged and administered by BISL Limited and underwritten by a panel of insurers. BISL Limited are an intermediary authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. Registered in England no. 03231094. Registered office Pegasus House, Bakewell Road, Orton Southgate, Peterborough PE2 6YS.

Who provides SunLife Car Insurance

SunLife Car Insurance is arranged and administered by BISL Limited and underwritten by a panel of insurers. BISL Limited are an intermediary authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. Registered in England no. 03231094. Registered office Pegasus House, Bakewell Road, Orton Southgate, Peterborough PE2 6YS.