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The final send-off

Why planning and paying for your wake with life insurance makes sense

This is all about celebrating life, even when we're no longer part of it – planning and paying for your own wake with life insurance. While it might sound a bit odd to think about your own wake, there are some pretty compelling reasons to consider it. Let’s break it down.

What’s a wake, anyway?

First off, for those who might not be familiar, a wake is a gathering of family and friends after someone has passed away. It’s a time to share stories, remember the good times, and celebrate the life of the person who’s gone. Think of it as the after-party of life, where the guest of honour is remembered and celebrated.

Why plan your own wake?

  1. Personal Touch: Just like you might plan a birthday party to reflect your style, planning your own wake ensures it reflects who you are. Love music? Make sure your favourite tunes are playing. Are you a foodie? Pick out a menu that represents your tastes.
  2. Ease the Burden: Planning a wake can be tough, especially when your family and friends are grieving. By taking care of it yourself, you’re lifting a heavy burden off their shoulders.
  3. Guarantee Your Wishes Are Met: Maybe you want something non-traditional, like a beach BBQ instead of a formal gathering. Planning your wake ensures it happens just the way you want.
  4. Financial Responsibility: Wakes can be expensive. Using life insurance to cover the costs means your loved ones won’t have to worry about the financial aspect.

Life insurance: Not just for the serious stuff

Life insurance is often associated with more somber things like funeral costs and settling debts. But it’s also a great tool for ensuring your final celebration is paid for and planned according to your wishes. Here’s how it helps:

  1. Providing the Funds: Life insurance can provide the money needed to cover the costs of your wake, from the venue to the catering.
  2. Flexibility in Planning: Knowing you have a financial backup allows you to plan the wake you truly want without worrying about burdening others with the cost.
  3. Peace of Mind: With life insurance in place, you can rest easy knowing that your final send-off will be taken care of, just the way you want it.

Why it’s worth thinking about now

You might think planning your wake is years away, but there are good reasons to consider it early:

  1. Lower Premiums: Getting life insurance when you’re young and healthy typically means lower premiums. It’s a cost-effective way to plan for the future.
  2. Being Prepared: Life is unpredictable, but having a plan in place means you’re ready for anything.
  3. Leaving a Legacy: How you choose to be remembered is part of the legacy you leave behind. Planning your wake is an extension of that legacy.

Getting started

  1. Think About What You Want: What would your ideal wake look like? Where would it be, who would be there, and what would happen?
  2. Look into Life Insurance Options: Find a policy that suits your needs and includes enough coverage for the type of wake you have in mind.
  3. Communicate Your Plans: Make sure your family and close friends know about your plans and where to find the details.

Conclusion: Your party, your rules

Planning and paying for your own wake with life insurance is about taking control of how you’re remembered and celebrated. It’s a way to leave a final, lasting impression that’s uniquely you, without leaving your loved ones with the stress of planning and paying for it.


So, while you’re living life to the fullest, take a moment to think about your final celebration. How do you want to be remembered? What kind of party would you throw? With a little planning and the help of life insurance, you can make sure it’s exactly what you’d want. Your final party, your rules.

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