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Expression of wishes

Expression of wishes

A free service provided by De Gruchy’s Funeral Care.

What are funeral wishes?

Funeral wishes are choices, decisions and personal reflections. They give clarity and detail about what you would like to take place following your passing, in the period up to and including your funeral ceremony.

This detail wouldn’t usually go in a will, but would be invaluable guidance for your family and friends to have written down.

How does it work?

It’s simple. You write down your funeral wishes and how you would like them to be carried out. We will keep your wishes on file (in accordance with data protection), and provide you with letters of confirmation for your safe keeping.

We are able to advise and assist you with the completion of your expression of wishes, or you can fill in the form yourself.

Simply download and fill in the Expression of Wishes form, either on-screen or by hand. Then send it to degruchy.funeralcare@channelislands.coop or De Gruchy’s Funeral Care, Bagatelle Road, St Saviour, Jersey, JE2 7TY.

You can update your wishes at any time over the years ahead, giving you peace of mind that your wishes will be carried out when the time comes.

> Download the Expression of Wishes form

Why make your wishes known?

If you’re young or elderly and in good health, you may feel like it doesn’t make any sense to think about the detail of your funeral now; but none of us knows the exact time or nature of our passing.

Amidst the sadness and adjustment following a loss, the gift of knowing you gave someone the best possible send-off is very comforting.

Being prepared is one of the biggest gifts you can give your nearest and dearest. Or perhaps you feel anxious to get something in writing because you don’t have children or next of kin and you don’t want to be a burden to anyone else.

A simple signed document stating your wishes in detail and who you’d like to carry them out for you, will help all your family and friends send you off with their love and their blessings, joined and not separated by your passing.

Giving as much information as possible now will help your family when they need it most.