Thursday 22 February 2018

My starring role: playing dead at my own funeral

It was the brochure that finally convinced me the odd offer my son was making was one that I could not refuse, writes Tom Rowley

DEATH-DEFYING ACT: Tom in the coffin with a large-framed photograph of him in ‘happier times’
DEATH-DEFYING ACT: Tom in the coffin with a large-framed photograph of him in ‘happier times’

Having recently shuffled into the over 60 age pool, everything in the Post Insurance brochure jarred. The big heading offered "Over 50s Funeral Plan" and underneath a supposedly reassuring message - "Taking care of not being there".

Alongside it was a photograph of a granny with her son and daughter-in-law and grandchildren, all blissfully happy on a beach despite the ghost-like silhouette amongst them of a grandad who had obviously kicked the bucket - but not before taking out the insurance policy.

The whole insurance plan was aimed at 50 to 75-year-olds. From the age of 50 onwards, a payment of €15 a month - "less than the price of a cup of tea a day" - would cough up €4,700 to cover your funeral expenses. And then there was for me the hilarious line - "If you contribute a little more, you could also help with any outstanding bills you might leave behind".

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