Funeral Planning: How To Plan A Funeral

Learn How To Plan Your Own Funeral

Thinking about the end is tough. But planning your funeral offers peace of mind for both you and your loved ones. This guide explores how pre-arranged funeral plans can simplify the process. It offers practical tips and thoughtful advice on ensuring your final wishes are honored.

Why Plan Ahead for Your Funeral?

Preplanning your funeral helps ease burdens for your family and loved ones after you’re gone. When someone passes, their family faces emotional, financial, and legal burdens. The purpose of planning ahead is to prepare them to deal with these burdens. It’s a loving and thoughtful thing to do for the people you care about the most.

Important: Do You Need to Make Funeral Arrangements Now? If you need to plan for someone who has passed away or is close to it, check out our funeral arrangements page. Here you’ll find step-by-step guidance on what to do.

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Funeral Planning: Step-By-Step

  1. Plan ahead. Planning ahead is the best thing you can do. Your plan doesn’t need to be complicated. Even a simple plan will be helpful to your family.
  2. Start with the basics: Interment choices (i.e., burial, cremation, donation to medical science, burial at sea). And funeral service choices (i.e., a traditional funeral, memorial service, graveside service, no service).
  3. Estimate the cost of your funeral. Change your choices, if necessary, to reduce the expected cost.
  4. Share your funeral plan with your family so they know your wishes. Pick a trusted family member, friend or advisor to be primarily responsible for carrying out your wishes. Start with your basic plan and then keep them updated as you add details over time.
  5. Specify the details of your funeral ceremonies. This is optional if you prefer not to go into the details. But keep in mind that it will be very helpful to those who will be making the final arrangements for your funeral. A Celebrant can help you plan the funeral ceremonies.
  6. Make financial arrangements to pay for your funeral. Figure out if you will leave behind enough money to cover the funeral cost and other final expenses. Consider funeral insurance, trusting, pre-purchasing cemetery space, and a pre-need contract for funeral services.
  7. Organize and document your key personal information. This is important for sorting out your affairs and will assist those giving eulogies and writing your obituary. Also, think about what you might want to leave behind for genealogy purposes. Future generations in your family will appreciate all of this information.

Funeral Planning with our Wise Planning Solutions

Our Wise Planning System is a complete DIY method to plan your funeral your way. It includes simple online tools to organize and guide you through the process. You’re in control to create, manage, and share your plans easily.

To learn more, see our Wise Planning Solutions Comparison Chart.

The Quick Plan is the first step of our Wise Planning Solutions and is a great way to jump-start your funeral planning. Once you have created a Quick Plan, be sure to save it. Once you do, you’ll be able to add additional details. The planning tool will also show you how much adding features and products adds to the cost of the funeral.

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Prefer to work on paper? For those who prefer to put their funeral plans on paper, our Funeral Planning Form is the perfect place to start. This handy funeral planning checklist will help you compile all the information you need in one convenient location.

Funeral Planning Tips and Advice

  • When to Plan Ahead: The best time to plan ahead for a funeral is any time except at the time of the funeral. After all, you wouldn’t try to plan a wedding in just a few days. A funeral is the ultimate celebration of your life. Planning ahead gives you the opportunity to decide what you want, how you want it, and when you want it. Best of all, you aren’t locked in. If you change your mind, just update your plan. Check out our article on Funeral Preplanning to learn more about how to get started.
  • Funding Pre-planned Funerals: Deciding whether or not to fund your funeral in advance can be confusing, but there are many reasons to consider doing it in advance. You’ll feel relieved knowing the money is available to cover the costs. Even better, the burden will be taken off those you leave behind, and you can lock in prices.
  • Changing Funeral Contracts: Be sure to carefully check ALL the terms of your before you sign it. Some contracts allow for changes down the road while others do not.
  • Paying in Advance: Like most things, there are pros and cons to paying for funeral goods and services ahead of time. Whether or not it’s right for you will depend on your circumstances. You want to be certain that the arrangement you enter into will suit your needs down the road. Carefully read the overall terms and conditions, including the fine print.
  • Planning Ceremony Details: Get great advice on planning funeral or memorial services in Funeral Ceremonies. Tips for writing Eulogies and Obituaries are also available.
  • Green Pre-Planning: Green burial is a relatively new option but it is becoming increasingly more popular. Pre-planning is the perfect time to investigate your options. Visit our Green Burial sections so you can be sure to explore all the options available to you.
  • Your Family and Grief. Your funeral isn’t just about you. It is vitally important for your family. They will want to give you a meaningful tribute. A funeral for a loved one is an important part of the healing process. It’s a time for your family to remember, say goodbye, and start a new stage of life.

Don’t Leave Your Loved Ones Unprepared

It’s not easy to think about end-of-life. Nobody wants to plan a funeral. But let’s face it, we all have to do it at some point.

Planning ahead is a caring thing to do for your family. You are giving them the peace of mind that comes with knowing they will be able to celebrate your life and honor your wishes.

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How To Pay Funeral Costs

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There are many elements that go into the cost of a funeral. From the services provided by the funeral director to the casket to the flowers, costs continue to rise. Today, a traditional funeral can easily cost more than $10,000.

Leaving behind no mechanism to pay for these items can place a heavy financial burden on your loved ones. Remember, payment is due at the time of the funeral.

So how do you know how much to set aside and how to control the cost? The best way to manage your funeral costs is to do some advanced planning.

Our Wise Protection Plan is unique. It offers free personal advice from a Preplanning Specialist. Essential legal documents at no cost, and an affordable prepaid funeral plan.

Check out our Funeral Costs section. It explains what factors contribute to funeral expenses and highlights finanical and legal matters you should consider.

The Types of Funerals People are Choosing

Thousands of people have used our free online planning tools. We help you make key choices about your desired funeral. Also, we provide information on the typical costs of that type of funeral. Below, you can see examples of the funeral plans people are making, so you have plenty of options to choose from.

How Much Will Your Funeral Cost? Try Our QuickPlan to Find Out.