Nobody wants a one-size-fits-all funeral, but it can be hard to know how to plan a unique event. Here we take a look at the different ways you can plan a send-off that’s as one in a million as you are.
Why plan your own funeral?
Changing attitudes towards funerals means that the traditional send-off has come a long way in recent years, with more and more people planning their own funerals. Traditionally a solemn and sombre affair, the evolution of funerals means that today, ceremonies are more personalised, heart-warming and even quite uplifting. Guests are often asked to wear bright colours, and the burial or scattering of ashes can take place in a variety of beautiful and unique locations. To help give you some inspiration, read on for three simple ways you can start planning a send-off that’s as unique as you are.
1. Choose funeral music that means something to you
Do you have that one favourite song, hymn or piece of music that moves you, makes you smile, or brings back a special memory? People usually have something playing at the start of the funeral, and again at the end, so choose pieces that really mean something to you, or that people will relate to you.
In the TV ads, it’s the second time that John Cleese has been cast as death since he starred in the role for the award-winning 1983 movie The Meaning of Life where he escorts victims to a Las Vegas style heaven and ‘Always Look on the Bright Side of Life’, from the Python’s ‘Life of Brian’ film regularly appears in the top 10 of funeral songs.
2. Put a smile on their faces with clever funeral catering
Have a think about the little things you like, your favourite treats or indulgences. If wine gums are your weakness, or only a Cadbury’s Dairy Milk will do, then you could ask for your favourite treats to be handed out during the service. Or ask for your favourite tipple to be distributed at your wake for a toast. It’s personal touches like these that can really put a smile on people’s faces and help them remember the good times.
3. Plan a colourful funeral
Guests are often asked to avoid black clothes at a funeral these days. But why not take it one step further and ask for guests to come in bright, cheery colours to mark the celebration of your life? Or request that guests are asked to wear one item of clothing in your favourite colour, even the men can get involved with teal, pink or purple ties!
Put it in a funeral plan
Talking to our nearest and dearest about our funeral ideas and wishes is so important and can offer a great deal of peace of mind all round. However, it isn’t always wise to trust such important information to the memories of our loved ones alone! When it comes to planning your send-off, arranging a funeral plan really is the best option. Not only can you pick and choose things yourself, but you can cover the essential costs of your funeral with either a single lump sum or spread the costs. It means your loved ones won’t be left in the potentially worrying situation of having to find the money to pay for your funeral themselves.
Sadly, every year thousands of people do pass away without putting a plan in place meaning families can often feel overwhelmed during what’s already an upsetting time. Don’t put it off, request your free guide below and take your first step to planning ahead for the future.
Pre-paid funerals: Did you know?
A pre-paid funeral plan isn’t just a great way to make important decisions about your funeral for yourself… you could save potentially thousands of pounds by planning ahead. Funeral costs soared by 98%* between 2005 and 2016, rising from £1,965 to £3,897* – and they’re increasing every year. A funeral plan, however, fixes the ESSENTIAL costs at today’s prices, potentially saving you or your loved ones a great deal of money.
Funeral planning: Did you know?
65%* of people said in a recent survey that following the wishes of a loved one is the most important element of a funeral. Planning ahead can make a real difference for the people we love.
Avalon Funeral Plans is a registered provider of the Funeral Planning Authority *SunLife Cost of Dying Report 2016 **NAFD and Cruse Bereavement Care (June 2016)