Planning your funeral in advance can give you and your family the peace of mind that your wishes are being carried out when the inevitable happens. This can help avoid potential arguments, stress and confusion for loved ones at an already trying and emotional time.

It is important to record your wishes in writing and tell people close to you your plans and preferences. It may be a difficult subject to bring up with family members who are reluctant to discuss your passing, however, you may find it useful to ease them in to the subject by using some of the tools we have suggested here.

What are standard funeral costs?

There are a number of factors to take in to account when making a funeral plan. Many people are opting to pre-pay for their funerals either through a monthly plan or upfront payment. Some life insurance policies also cover the cost of funeral fees, but it is worth checking this with individual providers. On average, the price of a basic funeral can cost in the region of £2000. It can cost more if you include flowers, transport, venue hire and catering for the wake. You can try and keep the costs down by asking family and friends to help with certain parts of the process. See if you are eligible for help with funeral fees by visiting

Types of funeral services

Many people still believe that the only services available for a funeral are religious. However this is not the case, there are a number of different options to choose from.
  • Religious - As mentioned, you can opt to have a service that follows your religious and cultural beliefs

  • Non-religious - A Humanist or non-religious person can lead a service if that is what you would prefer

  • DIY funeral - The funeral can be organised and conducted by family and friends instead of a funeral director

  • Burial at Sea - It is possible to arrange a burial at sea or at home if you obtain the correct licenses

Download our #3 newsletter to read about unusual options for your cremated ashes, from blasting in to space to becoming part of an artificial reef, there are plenty of personalised farewells.

Funeral Checklist

It is difficult to think about death and dying, but making your wishes known can be important for both you and your family. Use our handy funeral checklist to help you start thinking about what is important to you and what type of send-off you would like.

Below are some questions to think about when making funeral plans:
  • Would you prefer burial or cremation?
  • Would you like a funeral service? If so, religious or non-religious?
  • Who would you like to lead the service?
  • Is there a specific dress code for mourners? (e.g. formal, colourful)
  • Are there specific clothes you would like to wear?
  • What type of coffin would you prefer? E.g Wood, Wicker, Cardboard 
  • What type of transport would you want?
  • Would you like flowers? 
  • What music would you want played?
  • Do you want a wake? If so, where would you want it held?

For more information and ideas visit Scattering Ashes, the National Association of Funeral Directors and Final Fling.

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