But what’s it like to be professionally involved with a high profile death? To begin with, “high profile” either means the death of an ordinary person who’s died in extraordinary circumstances – certain murder victims for example; or it will involve the death of a celebrity. There isn’t a funeral director in the land who might not one day be engaged to perform the funeral of a high profile person and because of that death in the UK is remarkably democratic.
The central London funeral firm who arranged Margaret Thatcher’s funeral had also buried two former leaders of the Labour Party too (Hugh Gaitskell in 1963 & Michael Foot in 2010). Death truly is the great leveller!
The other thing to remember is that you rarely, if ever, get any warning. I’ve been involved with a number of funerals concerning nationally known figures and more recently one internationally famous figure. Without exception these funerals all appeared out of the blue.
On one occasion we didn’t even realise whose funeral we’d been asked to arrange until we heard the media announce the person’s death on the radio in our office. My colleague slid the “first call form” across the desk to show me and we both just sat there in stunned silence for a moment or two.
That was a Tuesday morning we won’t forget in a hurry!
James Baker owns and runs Fred Stevens Funeral Directors of Nailsworth, Glos.
This really depends on 3 things:
A prepaid funeral plan gives you the option to arrange everything in advance and save money by paying for your funeral services at today’s prices, so your family won’t need to worry about it when the time comes.
There’s something we all have in common; yes every single one of us. Something that impacts the lives of those we care about, sometimes with devastating effect, which is why we must start talking.
The 1st April 2014 marked another day when one of the big funeral plan providers ‘Golden Charter’ increases the price of its funeral plans.
Their Standard, Select and Premier Funeral Plans are all rising, falling in line with the majority of other companies who have already gone through their annual price increase.
From now on, a Golden Charter Standard Funeral Plan will cost £3,285; their mid-range Select Funeral Plan will be £3,665 and if you choose their Premier Funeral Plan you should expect to pay £3,999; or should you?
Ashley Shepherd is an Over 50s Personal Finance Expert
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