Angela's funeral plan story
Members tell us why they've planned ahead
More than 1 million people across the UK have planned and paid for their funeral.*
It can be difficult to think about the future, but buying a funeral plan protects your family against unexpected costs and uncertainty about your final wishes.
We've been speaking to Co-op Members who've put their plans in place to find out their reasons for doing so.
This is Angela's story...
Both my parents and my mother-in-law had Co-op funeral plans, and when they passed away it made it easier for us, their children, to organise the funeral according to their wishes.
"It helped to remove some of the stress of the initial stage of the bereavement, for though they all lived to good ages and we expected them to die, it's still a shock and those first few weeks are difficult.
"My husband and I are both active Co-op members and fully aware of what they have to offer, and so to help our children we have made our pre-paid funeral plans.
"We went to the local funeral home in Chorlton and received excellent help and advice. It gives us peace of mind to know that we have done this."
Some of the other members we spoke to about their experience of pre-paid funeral plans told us...
And finally... Christine tells us about her reasons for purchasing a funeral plan...
None of us know what is waiting around the corner and losing a close friend unexpectedly prompted me into action. I didn't want to leave a minefield for my son and daughter-in-law to deal with so decided to crack on with purchasing a funeral plan.
"My parents both had funeral plans with the Co-op, which my brother and I found particularly helpful. It is a stressful and very emotional time and the less you have to deal with the better. Lots of the important decisions can be documented so you know exactly what the deceased wants from their funeral.
"Although my parents used the Co-op I contacted several providers for quotes. I found that the Co-op offered the best value and choice for me. Also because I am a Co-op member I got a substantial cash back on my card and a donation for my local good cause."
Why choose a Co-op funeral plan?
At the Co-op we offer fully guaranteed funeral plans that cover all third party fees (such as cremation fees and the cost of a minister).** Find out more about our plans...
And as a Co-op member, when you choose to plan ahead like Angela, Philippa and Christine you and your community benefit.
Exclusive member prices, saving you at least £150
As a member, you save at least £150 when you buy a funeral plan with us.
And your community benefits too, as we give 1% of what you spend back to a local cause that you get to choose.
*YouGov Funeral Planning 2017 research.
**Co-op burial plans do not include the cost of buying a grave.