Tips on Arranging a Funeral for a Loved One

It can be a very emotional and stressful time when a loved one dies. The last thing you might want to think about is how to arrange a funeral. If you know what to do, it might make the process a little easier. 

In this post, you’ll find a step-by-step guide, some advice on getting started, choosing a funeral director, finding help with the cost, planning a memorial, and more.

Making Plans

Before this step can get underway you’ve first got to determine a few things:

  • Has your loved one left a Will and does it contain any funeral instructions?
  • Is there savings to pay for the funeral or a funeral plan in place?
  • If not, how do you plan to pay for the funeral?

If there are no instructions in the Will, your loved one might have talked it through with someone close. Speak with family members and close friends about planning the funeral. Some of them might be willing to help, while others may prefer not to get involved. If you’ve got some support, arranging a funeral will feel less overwhelming. 

There is also the option of hiring a funeral director. They will help with the organisation and guide you through the process step-by-step. 

Choosing a Funeral Director

If you don’t want to arrange the funeral yourself there is the option of leaving the arrangements to a funeral director. They’ll take care of the deceased, the proceedings, and the organisation of any parties. In addition, they’ll be able to give general advice and support. 

If your loved one had a funeral plan or Will, they may have already chosen the funeral director. 

Burial vs Cremation

The most common types of funeral are cremations, burials, and direct cremations. Prices vary, but the most affordable is usually direct cremation. The most expensive will be burial. 

If your loved one specified a type of service in their Will or Funeral Plan, you might be worried about the cost and whether you can afford it. Don’t worry. Choose one that suits your budget instead. 

The Cost of a Funeral

In 2021, the average cost of a funeral in the UK was a shade over £4,000. This is quite expensive and doesn’t take into account extras such as transport, flowers, and a memorial. The basic funeral costs should cover:

  • Funeral director’s fees
  • Doctor’s fees
  • Clergy or officiate fees
  • The coffin