Planning your own funeral with our easy ‘how to’ guides

Planning your own funeral in advance can save time, money and stress for your family after your passing. It allows you to create your perfect service so that you can be remembered according to your wishes. Preplanning your funeral also takes some of the weight off your family’s shoulders, as they’ll have fewer difficult decisions to make at an emotional time.

But it may seem a little daunting, especially as there are so many options available and many different elements to consider. That’s why we have compiled a series of useful guides to help you choose your own funeral arrangements and make the occasion personal to you.

Arrange your own funeral

Arranging your own funeral means that you can design it as you want and ensure that your wishes will be clear, even after you’re gone. Whether you plan your funeral down to the last detail or just put a few pointers in place, doing so will lighten the load on your loved ones when the time comes.

Read our simples guides for more information on how to arrange your own funeral.

How to arrange a funeral

Guidance on how to arrange a funeral, for yourself or a loved one.

How much does a funeral cost?

A breakdown of funeral costs and a simple calculator to estimate the fees to be paid.

How to choose a funeral director

Guidance on what to look for when a funeral director.

How to find your nearest crematorium

How to find your nearest crematorium

The cremation process

A complete guide to the cremation process in the UK to help you understand what's involved.

Are cremation funerals cheaper than burials?

Compare the cost of cremation and burial funerals to see which might be best for you.

How much does it cost to buy a burial plot?

The latest information and prices on buying a burial plot.

Woodland burials

A guide to woodland burials - an eco-friendly and more sustainable funeral option.

What are green funerals?

Guidance on how to make your funeral more environmentally friendly.

Making a Will

How to make a will and get your affairs in order, including arrangements for your funeral.

Funeral ideas – how to make it more ‘you’

While thinking of ideas for your own funeral may feel strange, it really isn’t. These are the little details that make the service more special and more “you” for the people who love you most. Deciding on elements such as the music or readings in advance, can also give you the peace of mind that you will be remembered in the way you’d like to be.

If you’d like your funeral to reflect you and your life, use our guides to help personalise your service and help make it as unique as you are.

Personalising a funeral

A guide to the many elements of a funeral that can be made more personal to you.

Funeral Ideas

Discover what people would like to have at their funeral if money were no object.

Funeral Music

Some popular choices for funeral songs, with a few surprises thrown in.

Funeral Poems

A selection of some of our favourite funeral poems.

Funeral Flowers

Be inspired by this stunning array of funeral flowers for all tastes.


How to choose a coffin that suits you – from the traditional to the eco-friendly

How to write a Eulogy

Tips on how to write a eulogy for yourself or for a loved one.

Funeral Hymns

A compilation of the top 10 most popular hymns sung at a funeral.

Pay for your own funeral

The stark reality is that the cost of dying has been increasing year on year. And while the cost of a funeral has risen, interest on savings has been at a record low. That’s why it may be worth considering paying for your funeral in advance and fixing the cost at today’s prices.

Take a look at the different ways you can pay for your funeral now or leave a cash gift that could be put towards funeral costs.

Funeral plans

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Monthly funeral plans

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Direct cremation

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Over 50 life insurance

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