Information for Family and Friends

While not a pleasant thought, death and later life planning are very important aspects to consider to ensure that your wishes are taken care of and that the least amount of stress is placed on those you leave behind. The following information details how our later life planning products can help you to secure both you and your family peace of mind.

Information for Family and Friends

Section 1 - Fixing costs at today's prices

Funeral costs are rising all the time, that’s why more people are making arrangements in advance, and paying at today’s prices.

Funerals are now one of the fastest rising costs in the UK – surpassing inflation, wages and pensions. According to SunLife’s Cost of Dying report, in 2016, the average cost of a funeral in the UK was £3,897 which is more than double the price people were paying less than 10 years ago. And when adding in other death-related costs such as headstones and flowers, the average cost of dying soared to £8,802 per person.

Our plans offer a safe, simple way for your loved one to beat these rising costs.

With a Golden Charter funeral plan, your loved one can choose the funeral they want now, and freeze the costs of the funeral director services included in the plan. This means when the time comes, you won’t have anything more to pay for these services.

Section 2 - Security and peace of mind

A funeral plan takes care of many things, such as a large bill and the distress of making detailed funeral arrangements. Many do not wish to leave this behind and take comfort in knowing that it’s all taken care of.

Golden Charter is owned by independent funeral directors – the people who understand your needs best. We are also the only funeral planning company recommended by The National Society of Allied and Independent Funeral Directors (SAIF), meaning we abide by a strict code of practice.

Your loved one can benefit from the peace of mind knowing that their money is protected – all funeral plan payments go to the Golden Charter Trust, or to a leading UK life assurance company and is managed separately from Golden Charter.

Customer choice is also vital to our business, which is why we work on behalf of over 3,300 independent funeral directors – the largest network in the country – to ensure our plan holders are able to choose the funeral director they want. 

Section 3 - Information on Legal Services

Like our funeral plans, Golden Charter’s legal services provide value, protection and peace of mind for your loved one.

Our range of services can benefit your loved one by ensuring their wishes are made clear for what they want to happen when they pass away. By making arrangements in advance to pay for legal costs and protecting their assets, they can leave more to their loved ones.

Most importantly, we can help ensure that their wishes are carried out quickly and easily, saving their family and loved ones of any money and hassle in the future.

Working with leading law firms and specialists across the UK, we are able to provide expert and professional advice at an affordable cost.

Find out more

We offer a wide range of services from Wills and Power of Attorney to Trusts. Call our specialist later life planning team for advice or guidance on how these services can help you or your loved one.

Please call us on 0800 171 2967 and we will be more than happy to answer any questions you may have or request an information pack for further details.