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What do you want to be remembered for when you die?

THOUGHTS: A nationwide poll revealed Brits place trustworthiness as the most important characteristic to be remembered by, more so than kindness (58 percent)

THE MAJORITY of Brits (60 percent) wish to be remembered as “trustworthy” after they die, according to new research.

A nationwide poll revealed Brits place trustworthiness as the most important characteristic to be remembered by, more so than kindness (58 percent), being a good parent (45 percent) – and even intelligence (42 percent).

Researchers from Avalon Funeral Plans asked 2,000 Britons how they would like to be remembered - and what they envisage their funeral to be like, with a vain one in ten admitting they wish to be remembered as good-looking, while six percent would want to be thought of as sophisticated.

When it comes to the finer details of a funeral, it seems many have thought about everything, with 40 percent already knowing exactly what music they want played at their send off.

While 61 percent want their funeral to be a celebration with lots of laughter, a more sentimental nine percent want their service to be a tearful and emotional affair.

But, the majority of Brits (39 percent) want their loved ones to wear colourful clothing to their send-off, while 30 percent think it more appropriate for guests to dress in more traditional black attire – and an off-the-wall three percent said they wanted people to turn up in fancy dress.

According to the survey, more than half (52 percent) of Brits wish to be cremated - with 21 percent preferring the idea of a burial.

A more hopeful three percent said they wanted to be cryogenically frozen - so they could be brought back to life when technology is advanced enough.

The research was commissioned by Avalon Funeral Plans, and Avalon Commercial Director, Jo Darbyshire said: “Death is something that happens to everyone. If people do not plan for it there’s a real danger of leaving loved ones struggling to deal with finances, even borrowing money at high interest rates, at one of the most distressing times of their lives.

“It’s not just about money though, as it’s also hugely healing for families to know that they are giving someone the send-off they wanted.”

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