It’s a fact of life that we are all going to die. It might not be something you want to think about, but you can make things a lot easier on yourself and your loved ones if you get everything organised now. By organising your funeral now means that others will be able to see what you want to happen at your service once you pass away. In this latest blog post, we explain what you need to do when preparing for your own funeral.

Choose a Burial or Cremation

The first decision to be made when pre-planning your own funeral is whether you would like to be buried or cremated. You will also need to decide where you would like your funeral to be held. This could be at a church or at your graveside. If you would like to be cremated, you could to have your service at a church combined with a shorter service at a crematorium chapel. 

Choose a Religious or Non-Religious Service 

There are a lot of people that feel that they don’t want a very religious service. But, they do want their service to include a certain about of spiritual elements. And, some sense that there is life after death. If you choose a non-religious service (otherwise known as a humanist funeral), it will focus on celebrating your life and will not include a spiritual element.

Think About How You Are Going to Pay for It

The average cost of a funeral in the UK is £3,757. On average, the cost for a burial is £4,267, whilst the average cost for a cremation is £3,247. However, costs can vary quite a bit, depending on location and the funeral arrangements. How much you pay will ultimately depend on your personal preferences. But, either way paying for your own funeral is an expensive affair, so it’s always good to think about how you are going to pay for it. 

Do Your Research If You Are Considering a Prepaid Funeral

When considering a prepaid funeral, it’s essential to do your own research in order to find the best package. When you are talking to a funeral director about a prepaid funeral plan, it means that you can ask them any questions that you may have. Doing so means you can rest assured knowing that when you pass away, and the time comes for your funeral, you will have a plan in place with a funeral director that you trust to honour your wishes. 

Write your Will

Your will can cover a large array of situations, from who will inherit your financial assets to who will look after your children when you pass away. Before writing your will, it’s worth identifying everything you own, as well as any sentimental items that you would like to leave close family and friends. You should also consider whether you would like to leave specific instructions for your funeral service.

Make Your Wishes Known

Making your wishes known can be a hard conversation to have with your family because nobody likes talking about mortality. However, making sure that you have this conversation with your family before you die is incredibly important. If you think having such a conversation is uncomfortable, consider how much more difficult it will be for your family to have the conversation with a funeral director once you have passed away. The most important aspect of this conversation involves communicating how you want the disposition of your body to be handled. If you have decided that you would like your body to be cremated, then your family need to know that burial isn’t your preference. 

Remember That Death is Natural

The reality is that talking about your death and the funeral arrangements that will follow is emotionally challenging for everyone. It’s hard, but taking small steps now means that everything will be much easier for the people you love for when the inevitable happens. 

Why You Should Choose S. Stibbards & Sons

At S. Stibbards & Sons, we take pride in offering our local community a range of prepaid funeral plans. With a prepaid funeral plan from S. Stibbards & Sons, you choose the funeral you want and pay for the services included within the plan at today’s prices. You will have made the arrangements in advance, selected the funeral director and taken care of the cost. If you would like to discuss a prepaid funeral plan with S. Stibbards & Sons, please get in touch through our contact page today. Our funeral arrangers can answer any questions that you may have.



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