What About Personal Beliefs?
Sometimes the person who has died has a will giving details about the funeral arrangements that they would like to be made. The next of kin is not bound to carry out every wish of the person who has died. In planning a funeral service it is important to think of your own feelings and the feelings of others, as well as respecting the wishes of the person who has died.
The person or your family may wish to request donations to charity, like Hospice in the Weald in lieu of flowers at the funeral. Charities can reclaim tax paid on donations if donors complete a Gift Aid form which is available from the relevant charity. Further information on this can be found here or via your funeral director.
The Personal Representative
It is important to find out if your loved one has a Will; this will say what should happen to any property and possessions and may discuss a loved ones wishes for funeral arrangements. The person who deals with everything owned by the person who dies is known as the personal representative (or the executor if there is a Will). The personal representative or executor may wish to deal with matters by themselves but a solicitor will be pleased to advise or handle the matter for you. A solicitor will make a charge for this service.