A matter of life and death

Julie Spriggs, Prepaid Funeral Consultant. (Supplied)

We all hit a “certain age” when thoughts of our own funeral begin to nudge us into taking action to prepare for what we want when our time comes.

It’s no one’s favourite topic, but steps can be taken to ensure we have more control – in the lead-up and how we ultimately want to be remembered.

Julie Spriggs, a Prepaid Funeral Consultant with Kings Funerals in Newcomb for the past six years, explains how important – and easy – it can be to get things organised.

“Planning ahead always makes good sense – and that’s especially true with funerals,” Julie says. “Your funeral plan enables you to record your wishes about the nature of your service.

“This can be really helpful for family and friends left in the wake of your death, and also ensures that your funeral reflects your personality and not someone else’s ideas and thoughts.

“People seek peace of mind that what they want to happen will happen. We can ensure that.”

Julie [pictured] says that a funeral plan also makes good financial sense.

“A pre-paid funeral is purchased at today’s prices, and remains fixed at that price no matter what.

“A funeral bond or pre-paid funeral is one way to reduce your current assets and help protect your Centrelink pension entitlements,” Julie adds. “Taking steps to get organised just makes good financial sense, let alone the peace of mind gained.

“There’s no limit to the amount that can be invested in a fixed-price funeral contract. However, an amount of up to $13,250 can be invested in a funeral bond, which is a managed investment allowing people to save for funeral costs.”

Book a consultation with Julie and she can give you expert guidance and explain the finer points. She offers an understanding ear – and that’s 24/7. It is, after all, a matter of life and death.

Kings Funerals – Here for you, 130 Bellarine Highway, Newcomb. Inquiries: 5248 3444 or visit www.kingsfunerals.com.au

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