Arranging a Funeral
Going through the process of arranging a funeral can seem daunting; so many things to think about and arrange whilst at the same time trying to come to terms with the loss of someone you care about.
That's why putting plans in place in advance and arranging your own funeral is one of the kindest things you can do. You get to have your say in how you are remembered, relieving your family from the additional pressure of having to make funeral arrangements when the time comes.
The good thing is that regardless of whether you are arranging a funeral for yourself or for someone you have recently lost, there is a wealth information and support available to you so you don’t have to feel as though you are facing the unknown on your own.
From finding out about what to do when someone dies to choosing a funeral director; planning your service in advance to taking time to compare funeral plans, you will find all you need to know about planning and arranging a funeral at Over50choices.
How to arrange a funeral
If you in the process of arranging a funeral for someone else, the first thing you need to do is check if they have left specific instructions about their funeral, or whether there is a prepaid funeral plan or a life insurance policy that covers some, or all of the funeral costs with a chosen funeral director.
Once you have a Funeral Director on board, they can help you with as much of the arranging as you need. Alternatively you can make your own funeral arrangements with the help of family and friends.
Whether putting plans in place for yourself or for someone else, you need to consider the following:
- The type of funeral service required – burial, cremation, green
- Whether it should be a religious or humanist service
- The location – Church, Cemetery, Crematorium
- Type of coffin – wood, veneer, willow, bamboo, wicker
- What the deceased should wear
- The content of the service - funeral music, readings, poems, eulogies
- Choice of flowers or donations to a favourite charity
- Funeral transportation
- Funeral stationary – attendance or acknowledgement cards, order of service sheets
- Obituaries in local papers and funeral announcements
- Any catering requirements for after the service
The type of funeral may limit some of the decisions you make, for example you can’t use a wood coffin if you are having a green funeral, or the person who has died may only be able to wear certain types of clothing if being cremated but your funeral director will help you with this.
And becoming more popular is a cremation without a funeral, these are funerals without a service and whilst might not be for everyone, they could be helpful to those on lower budgets and or have no family.
If you are interested in understanding more about this type of alternative funeral, take a look at our Compare Direct Cremation section.
What is a civil funeral?
A civil funeral is a funeral service conducted by a person other than a member of the clergy. Often referred to as a celebration of life, a civil funeral service is held by a celebrant and includes poems, music, readings and words tailored specifically to the deceased and their family.