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Step 4: Talk about your funeral plans and wishes

Consider documenting your wishes and ensure this is separate to your will, as decisions about your final send-off will need to be made prior to your will being executed.

Many people put an informal funeral plan in place while they still have the opportunity to discuss with family members the type of send-off they would like to have. Dying to Talk has many useful resources to assist with this, including downloadable discussion starter kits.

Pre-paid funerals are also a common way of way ensuring that you receive the type of funeral service you would like, while protecting your family from the stress of making difficult decisions at an emotional time, and removing the financial burden of paying for your funeral. The Australian Funeral Directors Association provides detailed information about funerals and funeral planning.