Who should take care of the funeral?
Generally speaking, it is the deceased's close relatives who make decisions regarding the funeral, namely the surviving partner and/or the children.
Yet, the deceased may have chosen someone else to take care of the funeral, for example the carer who took care of him throughout a possible illness or the person who supported him in his last years.
Therefore, making decisions may become difficult because of disagreements or contradictions. If no agreement can be found, the decision will have to be made at the court. A burden that may be avoided if you clearly state your wishes in advance.
What type of ceremony should be organised?
Currently, in Belgium, you only have two options available:
- burial, where the body is buried in the ground ;
- cremation, the disposal of a body by burning it to ashes.
In Belgium, other possibilities are also being studied in order to organise "green funerals": humusation, aquamation, resomation and promession.
It is essential for a person to plan the type of ceremony that he/she wants, to indicate if it should be a religious one or not, etc. so that his/her relatives can easily organise it when needed.
Other details may also be specified in the Morning Blue Passport, such as the type or funeral urn or of coffin or, for example, the type of flowers wished.
What arrangements are possible regarding the body?
The deceased person may also choose to donate his body or organs to science.
In Belgium, anyone over 18 is presumed to have agreed to be a potential donor unless they have formally or informally objected during their life. Again, if you clearly state your wishes, you ensure that they will be respected. You can also specify if you want to receive embalming.
Should a funeral insurance be pruchased?
Some may purchase so-called funeral insurances. They allow their holder to bequeath their loved ones a sum of money that will help them pay the funeral costs while respecting the deceased’s wishes. Two principles are essential:
- Choosing the funeral insurance that suits you best;
- Informing your relatives that you have purchased such an insurance.
Indeed, unclaimed insurances of all types amount to several billion euros! That is why Morning Blue also offers to find all the bank accounts and insurances of a deceased person.
Drafting a list of all purchased insurances will ensure the tranquillity of your loved ones while preventing the money from being lost! It also guarantees that your wishes will be fulfilled while avoiding financial burdens.
Please note that if you need any advice or have any question (regarding the Passport, funeral arrangements or any other aspect linked with the work of our experts), you can contact the Morning Blue team, which will help you with any queries.