Pre-planning a funeral


Funeral pre-planning? Do people really want to plan their own funerals? Yes, many people do. I do, and perhaps you do too.

There are many reasons you might want to pre-plan your funeral. You might be wanting to relieve the stress for the people you love. This is one of the most common reasons.

You might be seeking ways to make peace with your mortality. Some people might even want to have a service before they die, giving themselves a chance to say goodbye to the people they have loved and who have loved them.

You might have firm ideas about what a funeral should or shouldn’t be. If this is the case, I strongly recommend that you tell more than one person. Writing it down is great, but make sure someone knows about it. And don’t forget to tell them where you’ve written it down.


What is funeral pre-planning?

Many funeral directors have a funeral pre-planning service. This is generally a pre-paid plan that will cover the costs of a funeral’s logistics. However, if you are looking for guidance with funeral pre-planning that includes your service – the format, music, readings for example – it also makes sense to meet with a celebrant.

Some things that you might want to consider include: the venue, who will speak, music and readings. Some people write a short letter to be read at the ceremony.