Funeral planning is an emotional and often costly process that is surrounded by a great deal of uncertainty. While it is best to discuss end-of-life wishes with loved ones ahead of time, many people shy away from this difficult conversation or never get the chance to have it at all. Without some guidance, the options and information surrounding funerals can quickly become overwhelming at an already trying time.
Planning a funeral in the wake of losing a loved one can leave you feeling lost and exhausted. To help you organise proceedings and to make sure you’ve got everything covered, we have created a funeral checklist below. These tasks will help you plan a funeral without missing anything out. We understand that each funeral service is different, so this list is designed as a guide to support you, rather than a must-do checklist:
- Choose a funeral director
- Choose between burial and cremation
- Choose a burial site or crematorium
- Choose the location of the service
- Choose whether to arrange family viewing
- Plan and write an obituary
- Transportation for those attending funeral
- Send invitations to family and friends
- Choose a coffin/casket/urn
- Choose flowers
- Choose outfit for deceased
- Pick a photograph to be shown at funeral
- Organise the Order of service
- Choose hymns and/or music
- Choose a eulogy, scripture and poems
On the day of the funeral, everything should have been planned in detail, so your mind should be free to focus on the memory of your loved one. The day of the funeral is inevitably very emotional and can bring the initial shock of grief rushing back, so be ready for that. Give yourself plenty of breaks before and after the service, and don’t feel that you always have to socialise with the guests. And if you do find yourself laughing and joking with friends and family at the wake, remember that that’s normal too. Having everyone gathered together in one place can be one of the best reminders of what a special person your loved one was.
It is also important to consider taking out a pre-paid funeral plan to pay for your funeral now, rather than rely on your family having to find the funds when you die. Costs of funerals are expected to double in the next 10 years, and your family may not be able to access the funds in your bank account, so why not consider paying now.
A Funeral Plan is one of the most important decisions you will ever make, so we would advise you to do everything you can to make sure it is done properly. If you or someone you know would like some advice on paying for your funeral now and setting out your funeral wishes, Will Writing, Power of Attorneys and how we can help you, you can call Sara on 01304 577998 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.