The last thing a funeral should be is ordinary. It’s important to make it your own, to reflect your life, your interests and your individual personality. To help make this happen, Age Co have made it really easy to add special requests to your funeral plan at any time.
By adding special requests, your loved ones need not worry about trying to guess what you would have liked – you will have already told them, and left instructions that are included in your Plan Holders Pack. It could also prevent disagreements or any overspending. Understandably, loved ones often go above and beyond honouring memories, when in fact it’s the small touches that can matter most.
Adding special requests
Below are some examples of popular special requests that Age Co customers have made in their funeral plan:
- The kind of service preferred and who should lead it
- A specific reading for the service, and who should read it
- A specific piece of music and when it should be played
- Certain favourite flowers to be displayed
You can make as many special requests as you like. Small requests, such as specifying a particular poem to be read can be made at no extra cost, whilst some, such as a memorial will inevitably incur additional charges, as there are third party costs to pay.
Any additional costs incurred would either need to be covered by your loved ones when time comes, or you can choose to add a contribution towards these requests as part of your plan. Please note, it is not possible to make additional contributions for the Traditional Basic Plan or any Low Cost Cremation Plans.
If you change your mind at any time, there is no extra charge to update your wishes.
Below are some moving stories, showing the difference personal touches can make to a funeral for loved ones, with a little help from Dignity
Raise a Cuppa
Stephen arranged the funeral of an old lady for a family in Sunderland. During the arrangements the daughters mentioned that their mother regularly went to a local tea room with her friends and was quite well known by all the staff. Stephen made a note of this, since the tea room was on the route to the crematorium.
Once the funeral was confirmed, Stephen contacted the tea room. On the day of the funeral, as the cortège slowly approached, all the staff were present at the roadside. Each holding a cup of tea. Not only this, but all the tea room's shutters had been half closed.
Stephen then paged the cortège past all the staff, before proceeding to the crematorium. The family knew nothing until the moment when they saw this lovely gesture with their own eyes.
Arranged by Stephen Dakers
Derek Moss Son Funeral Directors, Houghton-le-Spring.
A horse to remember
Warren arranged the funeral for a lady who was a lifelong horse rider. After the funeral was arranged (a horse drawn carriage), one of her daughters mentioned to Warren that her Mum would have loved the horse drawn carriage to have a single horse rider out in front.
Warren contacted the carriage masters to see if he could surprise the family with the single-led horse as part of their funeral for Mum. There was a horse available on the day of the funeral, but alas, no rider.
However, Warren, a keen horse rider himself, donned his riding gear for the occasion and arrived at Mum's house perched on the back of a beautiful black horse to lead the cortège. The family were stunned that Warren had gone above and beyond, with the town almost coming to a standstill watch the cortège on its 4 mile journey to the crematorium.
Arranged by Warren Hanson
A.H. Apps Funeral Directors, Chatham
Thank you to the Boro
Adrian arranged the funeral of Lillian, who passed away 6 months before her 100th birthday. She was a big fan of Middlesbrough Football Club. As part of the arrangements, the family asked if they could be driven around the stadium on the way to the crematorium.
Adrian called the club a couple of days before the funeral to ask if we could drive past the main entrance, which is normally barricaded off to traffic. He also asked if they could provide some flowers for the hearses as a surprise for the family.
On the day, as the cortege rounded the stadium and approached the main entrance, all the staff that work in the office at the ground were waiting with flowers for Lillian. They also applauded for 30 seconds as a sign of respect. The family loved this and couldn’t thank Adrian or the club enough.
Relph Funeral Directors, Middlesbrough