SunLife and Dying Matters launch free funeral planner
Do your loved ones know your funeral wishes? According to SunLife research, just 1% do.
That's why the financial services company is supporting the #BigConversation this Dying Matters Awareness Week (May 9-15) by launching My Perfect Send Off, a simple, free way to record your funeral wishes.
My Perfect Send Off is a free online tool which gently prompts people to talk about their funeral wishes by asking them questions such as ‘Would you prefer to be buried, cremated or donate your body to science?’ and ‘Would you like a dress code at your service?’ The responses create a valuable document which can be kept with their will or sent to a loved one.
Graham Jones, director at SunLife, said: “The most striking figure is that only a quarter of us have spoken to someone about our end of life wishes.
“Our annual Cost of Dying report also reveals that people are not talking about detail and dying – we found that just 1% of people know all of their loved ones’ funeral wishes. And it is not just the finer details like flowers, significant decisions are not being talked about either: for example, a third of those organising a funeral had no idea whether the deceased would have wanted to be buried or cremated.”
Claire Henry, Chief Executive of the Dying Matters Coalition added:“Talking about dying doesn’t make it happen, and we all need to get better at discussing our end of life plans, including our funeral plans. It gives us peace of mind to know we’ve made and shared our plans, and it makes life easier for our loved ones to know they are giving us the perfect send-off we want. We’re delighted to be working with SunLife on their new send-off tool, and hope that people find it a really useful resource.”
On Wednesday 11 May, SunLife and Dying Matters launched My Perfect Send Off at a Parliamentary drop-in with MPs and Peers, including Junior Health Minister Ben Gummer. We asked the MPs to pledge an action they would take to improve the end of life. Mr Gummer's full pledge read: 'Do all I can to reduce variation in the experience people and their families have of the end of life, so that for everyone it is the special moment it should be.'
Check out all of the pledges in the gallery below.
Visit www.sunlifedirect.co.uk to access SunLife’s free send-off tool and watch SunLife’s video showing a series of interview clips with couples asked about their other half’s funeral wishes.
Click on the thumbnail images below to discover the Big Conversation pledges.