Grandfather Ken Stevens has won his funeral in a prize draw organised by Berkshire funeral directors A.B. Walker.
Ken, who lives in Sonning Common, has won a pre-paid funeral plan.
The 71 year-old was diagnosed with metastatic prostate cancer in 2015. He already had a will and has prepared an information pack of things to do after his death, including draft notification letters to the bank, utilities and Pension Company.
‘The overall objective is to minimise the admin that my wife will have to handle at a difficult time’ he said.
He was delighted when he heard that he had won the funeral plan. ‘I cannot be certain how much time I have left to save up for one,’ he said.
‘It is comforting to know that this major aspect of advance planning is now already settled.
‘Prepayment could well, in effect, produce a better rate of interest than simply putting money by in a savings account, as funeral costs appear to be inflating faster than the miserable rates offered by banks.
‘Aside from the admin and financial benefits of a pre-paid funeral plan, it also enables me to indicate my wishes as to the sort of funeral I would like.’
Ken has chosen a cremation at Reading Crematorium. He has suggested his ashes could be scattered in Shetland where he used to live, or on Hampstead Heath where he proposed to his wife in the 1960s.
A.B. Walker Director Julian Walker said: ‘Death is something that no-one wants to think about, and that’s natural. But for many people planning their funeral has brought peace of mind. It also allows you to save money by purchasing a funeral at today’s prices rather than what they may be in the future.
A.B Walker has seen soaring demand for funeral plans. ‘A funeral plan takes the worry and expense out of planning a funeral,’ says Julian. ‘Planning ahead can help to ease the financial and emotional burden on loved ones at a distressing time. Funeral plans are often bought by people as part of later life planning. You can make arrangements for your funeral, exactly how you want it to be. We can advise and assist with all the details.’
A.B. Walker is one of Berkshire’s oldest family businesses. It started in 1826 and is now run by the fifth generation of the same family, brothers Julian and Matthew Walker. There are branches in Reading, Bracknell, Wokingham, Henley-on-Thames, Thatcham, Caversham and Maidenhead.