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Planning your own or helping to plan your loved ones funeral can be a very practical and a very cathartic thing to do. Of course not everyone wants or feels able to do this, but making your thoughts and feelings known to your loved ones can help enormously following a death.
Knowing what someone would like to happen can help to reduce some of the responsibility on family members, so having conversations about this and planning ahead is really important and can also allow for many meaningful discussions.
There are many different options, and you are not limited to having a traditional funeral or even using a traditional funeral director if you don’t want to, but it can help many families to do so.
Funerals increasingly reflect the passions and interests of the person who has died, planning your own funeral allows you to share these aspects of yourself.
Having the opportunity to plan your own funeral can be a deeply moving and life affirming process.
Do you want a traditional funeral director involved or are you considering arranging a funeral yourself or with some support from an independent funeral director?
If you’re considering using a funeral director, and would like to explore your options, there are a number of places you can go to look. From a simple web search, to asking friends and families, do explore your options, and find the right person to help plan your funeral. You can also search for funeral directors using a Funeral Directory.
“Do I want a funeral service, and what sort of service might I want?“
You might think you don’t want a funeral service, but not know why that is, or think that services can only be carried out in a church. It can be difficult to know the options you have available to you without looking into it, so we’ve summarised a number of options.
Funerals can range in cost, and it can be a real worry for people, and their loved ones, about how they’ll pay for the funeral they want. There are a number of costs to consider, but also a number of places where you can control how much you spend, depending on what is important to you. For some, funeral costs can be a worry, not knowing how you or your loved ones will pay for the funeral you’ve planned – there are a range of ways to pay, from pre-paid funeral plans, to support for some people who are eligible.
Although more people in the UK choose cremation over burial, there are many different opinions and preferences across the country. You may have cultural beliefs that mean one is more preferable, or you may not know why you’d choose one over the other – it may be a choice you make alone, or it may be a choice you make with loved ones.
Your funeral service is unique, and something that should reflect your and your loved ones’ wishes. There are many different formats for funeral services, and different elements that can be included, from readings, to poems, music and more. You could consider the following points:
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