What to expect arranging a funeral in Tenerife
an expat living in Tenerife, planning a funeral can be complicated. Here are
four things you should know before the time comes
Arranging a funeral is never easy. But making funeral
arrangements when you’re an expat living abroad can be even more complicated.
You’ve got to deal with different funeral customs, unfamiliar processes and, of
course, the language barrier.
If you’re a British expat living in Tenerife, it’s
important to make sure you know these four key differences between funerals in
the UK and in Tenerife. Knowing in advance how the Spanish funeral system works
can really help you and your loved ones when the time comes.
1. Funerals can happen very quickly in Tenerife
In the UK it usually takes a few weeks to organise a
funeral. But in Tenerife, and Spain more widely, funerals traditionally take
place very quickly. Sometimes funerals happen within 48 hours of the person
If you’re an expat, you’ll probably need longer than this
to arrange a funeral, especially if friends and family want to fly out to
Tenerife to pay their respects. However, you should be aware that any delays
will likely cost extra in mortuary fees, which are usually charged by the day.
2. You might have to pay fees upfront
Many Funeral Directors in Tenerife will ask you to pay
at least part of the fees upfront, before the funeral takes place. That could
amount to hundreds or even thousands of Euros.
In addition, when someone dies in Spain, their assets
are often frozen, meaning that their next of kin can’t easily access bank
accounts or savings. That means that they might have to use their own money to
pay for the funeral at such short notice.
3. It’s harder to shop around for a Funeral Director
When someone close to you dies, it’s often difficult
to think clearly and make important decisions. That makes it hard to shop
around and compare Funeral Director services before making a choice.
Arranging a funeral in Tenerife as an expat can be
even harder. There’s the time limits to deal with, as well as unfamiliar
systems and language barriers. All of these obstacles mean that when the time
comes, your loved ones might not be able to research and compare options as
thoroughly as they would like.
That’s why it it’s a good idea to have a plan in place
before the time comes, so your loved ones have fewer tough decisions to make.
4. It’s normal to plan ahead for your funeral
Because funerals happen so quickly in Spain, many
nationals have funeral insurance or similar types of cover to make things
easier for their family. Having a plan in place helps protect loved ones from
unexpected costs and the stress of arranging a funeral in a short time frame.
For British expats living in Tenerife, a prepaid
funeral plan makes everything simpler at a difficult time. A plan lets you pay
for and plan your funeral in advance, giving you peace of mind that your loved
ones will be taken care of.
simple with Avalon Funeral Plans
For over 25 years, Avalon has helped more than 70,000
people across the UK, Spain, Cyprus and Portugal. Avalon’s range of
expat funeral plans are specially designed for Brits
living in Tenerife, to make things easier for the next of kin.
“My Dad passed away early in August and my brother and
I flew out when my Mum became sure that things weren’t going too well,” says
Dawn, whose parents bought a Avalon expat funeral plans.
“Avalon were amazing! We phoned them as soon as the
doctor had left, their compassion was second to none and the efficiency with
which their system works is just what one needs in a time of bereavement.”