Planning your own funeral

Make your plans now

The average cost of a funeral is now estimated to be around £1400+ for a basic service plus optional payments for coffin upgrades, memorials and flowers etc.

If you are planning your own funeral you may like to consult an independent financial adviser to ensure that money is available to cover the costs of your funeral.

It is sensible to make plans for your funeral now and to identify who will give instructions for your funeral, so you feel confident that your wishes will be followed. It is also helpful and often therapeutic, if your family and friends can follow your wishes after death.

Although funeral wishes, even those described in a will, are not legally binding after death, if you formalise your wishes now your friends and family will be able to honour those wishes when you have passed away

Keep your funeral instruction document with your will or somewhere that is known to the person arranging your funeral. This is important as a will may not be read until after the funeral – making any instructions contained within it too late.

Further guidance is available on GOV.UK website providing a step by step guide on what to do after a death.