Pre-paid Green Funeral Plan

Paying for your funeral in advance
We are pleased to be able to provide a secure and comprehensive funeral planning service, giving you the freedom to make arrangements for a funeral in advance. Whether you are looking to pre-arrange your own funeral, or the funeral of a loved one, we are here to help you every step of the way. A “green” funeral plan is the ideal choice for people who wish to care for the environment whilst also caring for their family by planning ahead.

Why pre-plan?
Pre-planning your funeral, or the funeral of a loved one, helps to relieve any uncertainty regarding what would have been wanted for the service. Talking about funeral wishes in advance can be a great help in reassuring family members that a fitting farewell has been planned. When the time comes, they can concentrate on remembering the unique person they loved, rather than worrying about what that person would or wouldn’t have wanted.

Are there any limitations on who can arrange a plan?
Our pre-paid funeral plan is available to anyone who wishes to make arrangements beforehand. There are no intrusive health or medical checks and there is no age limitation. Whatever the personal circumstances are, you can have the peace of mind that comes from pre-planning a funeral, whether for yourself or for a loved one.

Why pre-pay?
For most of us the death of a loved one is a highly emotional and understandably difficult time in our lives. When we may least feel like it, there are practical things that have to be done and financial responsibility has to be taken for the funeral service. Paying in advance means that when the time comes, your family does not have this additional concern. There is of course the freedom of choice to arrange additional services such as floral tributes if wished at the time of need.

Its not just peace of mind that comes with a pre-paid funeral plan.  You can also pay for the services required at the current prices. Our services, as arranged when you take out the plan, will be fully guaranteed; there will be nothing more to pay towards our funeral director’s fees at the time of need. The cost of funerals increases year by year so arranging a pre-paid funeral is one the most thoughtful things you can do to support your family.

A note about disbursements: fees for services not provided by us
Your plan will include a contribution towards the required disbursements (fees for services not provided by us, such as cremation or burial fees). We will calculate these fees with you when we discuss your requirements, so that we can be sure your plan is tailored to suit your unique needs and wishes.

We cannot guarantee these fees as they are not within our control. However, the entire value of your plan will increase annually in accordance with inflation. This is intended to guard against the increase in these fees. If the contribution towards disbursements within the plan is not sufficient at the time of death, your family or executor would be required to pay any shortfall.

A natural memorial
As part of our commitment to providing green funeral choices, we are pleased to be able to provide a choice of three options for a natural memorial, included within our pre-paid funeral plans.

  • A sapling delivered to your family for them to plant as a personal, living memorial
  • A sapling planted in established woodland in the UK
  • A donation to a Rainforest conservation charity.

Will my money be secure?
Our funeral plans are provided via Golden Leaves Funeral Plans and Greener Goodbyes.

Golden Leaves Limited is a founder member of the Funeral Planning Authority and National Association for Pre paid Funeral Plans. They have been at the forefront of pre-paid Funeral Planning since 1984 and their activity is regulated by the Funeral Planning Authority which monitors the marketing, financial and service of plan providers.

The funds for your pre-paid funeral plan will be put into the Golden Leaves Green Trust, which manages the funds to achieve stable long term growth. The Fund is overseen independently by a board of trustees and regulated in compliance with the Financial Services and Markets Act 2001. The fund is annually audited and subject to strict actuarial reporting. It is solid, stable and above all else completely secure. In keeping with our environmentally conscious ethos, the Golden Leaves Green Trust only invests plan funds into green and ethical projects.

Greener Goodbyes is a service provided by J C Atkinson, award-winning supplier of coffins, caskets, accessories and environmental information services to funeral directors around the UK. J C Atkinson was voted the best Green Company by the Sunday Times in 2008 and won the British Chambers of Commerce Green Award in 2009 for environmental best practice.

If you would like help to arrange or pay for a funeral in advance, or you’d like further information about these services, please contact us.

We’re here to help you every step of the way.