bereavement

Dying Matters Awareness Week

Dying Matters Awareness Week

May 8-14th is Dying Matters Awareness Week designed to highlight the importance of discussing death and bereavement.

Last years campaign focused on the difficulties people have in preparing for death and, as reported in the Telegraph, with 83% of Brits in this position it highlighted the importance of “the discussion”.

This year’s campaign is focused on “what you can do”, aimed at giving people easy steps to prepare for end of life.

Write your Will, figures released in 2016 show that over half of Brits do not have a Will. Your Will is the only way to ensure that your wishes after your death are adhered to, not only does this give peace of mind, it offers protection for your family and assets.

Unmarried couples, despite the length of their relationship, still are not recognised in the eyes of the law but writing your partner into your Will guarantees they will be given a share of your Assets. Read our article on writing a Will to find out what to do next.

Prepaid Funeral Plans, with the average cost of a funeral at over £3,000 it is already expensive, yet over the next 20 years this cost will rise to over £12,000. Organising your funeral before you die is the easiest way to relieve the financial burden and stress of paying for your funeral. It also ensures it is tailored exactly as you want it.

LCS have a special offer of £100 discount on Dignity Guaranteed Funeral Plans and, purchasing one today ensures the cost is frozen at today’s prices and won’t be subject to the inflation that will inevitably occur.

Future care, Organising your Lasting Power of Attorney is the best way to ensure you receive the care you desire if you find yourself in the unfortunate position of being unable to make decisions for yourself. Appointing someone you trust to make these important decisions gives you and your family peace of mind and confidence for the future.

As it’s important for this to be in place before you lose capacity, take advantage NOW of our 2 for 1 offer on all Powers of Attorney (local and telephone appointments only).

Speak to your loved ones, Death comes to us all so ensure your family are aware of your wishes by talking to them. Although it will be a hard conversation, not discussing this could make it harder for them when the inevitable happens. Use humour, or recent media topics to break the ice. Take the opportunity to highlight what you want and, more importantly, what you don’t want.

To take advantage of our special offers, and for information regarding all of our services, contact LCS NOW on 0345 017 8250. It’s never too soon or too late to talk.

Bereavement benefits: Campaigner dies after cuts in Widowed Parent’s allowance.

A father of two who was campaigning against the cuts to the Bereavement Benefits, dies less than one month after the changes take affect.

As reported in The Guardian, Alan (a pseudonym to protect his identity) who was terminally ill, spoke out about the “callous and brutal” cuts that would sever the financial support available to partners and children.

Under the old system, Alan’s family would have been entitled to £60,000 over ten years to support them after his death. Now, this is reduced to less than £10,000 over just 18 months.

Conservatives, in-particular Ros Altman (former Minister in the Department for Work and Pensions), have teamed up with other parties in an attempt to “persuade Ministers to think again”. They praised Alan and have vowed to continue fighting on behalf of all families in a similar situation: “It’s so sad. His family is going to be devastated and I wish there was something I could have done. I am certainly still trying and I know there is feeling across the House of Lords.”

Lady Altman raised the points that the recent statements from the Princes William and Harry, have highlighted the trauma losing a parent brings, and although the benefits system does need skimming, families in this situation need help and support.

Ministers have claimed that the new system has been designed around modern society, where women are more inclined to work and staying under the old system may stop widowed parents adapting to life.

Campaigners such as Georgia Elms, Chair of WAY Widowed and Young, disagree believing that although families were still suffering at 18 months (the new cut off point), the financial support allowed them to re-enter employment part time. It has also been called for help to be made available to parents who are living with their partner, but unmarried.

To see how the cuts may affect you and your family, read our Resource “Bereavement Changes Could Leave Widowed Parents With Less Support”.