Planning your funeral
Thinking about what you would like for your own funeral can be difficult. But letting your loved ones know what you want can take the pressure off them, and give them peace of mind.
You may want to talk to those close to you about your wishes, or you may find it easier to write them down. Writing them down can make it easier for your loved ones to know exactly what you want. Dying Matters have a leaflet, My Funeral Wishes, where you can record your wishes and instructions.
You can plan as much detail about your funeral as you wish. Some things to think about might be:
- Do you want the ceremony to be religious or non-religious?
- Where do you want your funeral to take place?
- Would you like to be buried or cremated? You can also think about who you would like to carry your coffin, or where you would like your ashes to be scattered.
- Are there any readings you would like, or certain music played?
- Who should be invited?
- Would you like flowers and gifts sent to your family?
- Do you want to choose a charity for donations to be sent to in your memory?
You may also want to think about the cost of your funeral. There are different options, such as using a pre-paid funeral plan, an insurance plan or using money from any savings. If you or your family need help paying for the funeral, the government has a Funeral Expenses Payment. Marie Curie have more information about planning funeral costs.