BE PREPARED: Jason Talbot-Scobie believes more people should plan funerals with their loved ones before their death.
BE PREPARED: Jason Talbot-Scobie believes more people should plan funerals with their loved ones before their death. Elaelah Harley

Why you should pre-arrange your funeral

PLANNING a funeral can be a very stressful time for all involved.

That's why Virgo Funerals manager and director Jason Talbot-Scobie believes people should put more of a focus on pre-death arrangements.

"It's important to check with your loved ones about what their wishes are for their funeral, if you can,” he said.

This is because there are a lot of different options when it comes to planning a funeral.

"It's important to have prior knowledge on what's available. Whether people want a religious or non-religious service, a cremation or burial, and where they want their service to be held,” Mr Talbot-Scobie said.

"It's also good to ask things what they'd like done with their cremated remains, or where they'd like to be buried.”

As expected, there's often not a delicate way to approach the topic.

"The way to start the conversation is simply being blunt,” Mr Talbot-Scobie said.

"There can be some who don't want to talk about it, but there are some in this more modern era who are talking about their plans as the death and funeral industry becomes more transparent.

"It's not so taboo, and more and more people are becoming curious about the industry.”

Mr Talbot-Scobie said each person was different, but a loved one should know how to casually raise the topic.

"Some people love talking about their own funeral,” he said.

"We get a lot of clients beforehand, hundreds and hundreds of people who pre-arrange their own funeral. We'll do a couple of pre-arrangements each week.

"They'll do a pre-arrangement fortnightly and keep coming back as they see things they'd like to change. Even if they're quite healthy and not expecting to go any time soon, it's just something they're passionate about.”

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