The last thing anyone who has lost a parent wants to do is to spend time checking through paperwork to see if they had funeral arrangements in place. During such a difficult time, you want the process of organising their funeral to be as smooth and convenient as possible. But few people talk about their own death or funeral, so how are you to know if they had a funeral plan organised ahead of their passing? There are a few ways to check – here are some suggestions.

Ask Friends of Family

The first step is to talk to relatives or friends of your parent to ask them if they ever discussed their funeral plans. It’s possible that they may have mentioned it in a conversation with someone else or talked about their arrangements. If your parent had a partner or spouse, ask them if they knew of any arrangements your parent made before they died.

Check Paperwork

It can be worthwhile checking past bank statements or go through paperwork they had to see if there is any reference of a funeral plan. Often there will be legal documents which outline the details of their plan, if they had arranged one. You can then contact the company in question to find out more information and work out the next steps in arranging your parent’s funeral.

Use the FPA Tracker

With more than a million pre-paid funeral plans in place, and a wide range of life insurance products to choose from, it’s very possible that your parent had cover for such a time as this. The Funeral Planning Authority regulates funeral plans in the UK – they have a tracker service that enables you to trace a plan by entering the details into a form which allows the FPA to ask registered providers if there’s a plan in place for your parent. If there’s a match, the provider will contact you directly. If there’s no match, you won’t hear back but you can then make arrangements for your parent’s funeral as you normally would have.