Can I arrange my own funeral?
Yes, you can arrange your own funeral and it’s something that lots of people take the time to organise.
Putting a prepaid funeral plan in place is one of the most helpful things you can do for yourself and your family. A plan means that your loved ones won’t have to worry about the basic costs of the funeral. And, with the support of the right people, it’s actually a really straightforward process.
A prepaid funeral is simply a funeral that’s paid for in advance. They are a way to put arrangements in place early so that in the event of your death, everything is organised for your loved ones.
Planning a funeral can be overwhelming and stressful. We’ve put together a step-by-step guide to give you more information about how to plan your own funeral.
Before you start putting anything in place, take some time to think about what kind of goodbye you’d like. It can help to note down some ideas – what type of service, any music, flowers or readings and if you’d like a wake.
Then if you feel comfortable and ready, you should speak to those close to you about your wishes. It gives them a chance to understand more about your wants, ask any questions and offer any support and help you may need.
Choose a funeral provider
When organising your prepaid funeral plan one of the first things you need to do is choose your funeral provider.
Before choosing a provider, it can be a good idea to speak to your top choices so that you can learn more about whether they offer burial, cremations, and/or direct cremations, what’s included and excluded from their plans and if it fits with what you want.
Decide whether you’d like a burial, cremation or celebration of life
The most common types of funerals are burials, cremations and direct cremations and which one you choose depends entirely on what kind of send-off you want.
Prices can vary between different options, with a direct cremation usually being the most affordable choice. At One Life, we want you to be able to choose a funeral that suits your needs and budgets, which is why our plans are some of the most affordable in the UK.
You’re able to choose between the three types of service, selecting the level of cover you’d like – bronze, silver or gold – along with the best payment option for you, either in full or over monthly instalments.
Put your plan in place
Once you’ve decided on what type of funeral you’d like and chosen your provider, all you need to do is to arrange it.
If you decide on a One Life plan, our team will support you from the moment you get in touch. They’ll listen to your wishes, answer any questions and help you to put a plan in place that’s exactly what you want.
You can let us know of any special requests to include in your documentation. Once we have all the information we need, we’ll send this out to you, to keep somewhere safe. It’s a good idea to let someone close to you know where this is so they can find it easily when they need it.
Other things to think about
You may want to take some time to speak to your loved ones about whether you’d like a wake. And what that would look like.
Everyone is different, which means everyone’s send-off is something unique and personal. A true celebration of that individual. Take the time with loved ones to share ideas about what makes them think of you, and you them, and include that in your plans. Here’s a quick overview of the key things to think about when planning a funeral:
Think about how you would like to say goodbye
Share your wishes with loved ones
Choose the type of service – burial, cremation or direct cremation
Speak to funeral providers and decide who is right for you
Set your plan up with the support of the provider’s team
Store your paperwork somewhere safe
Speak to those close to you about whether you’d like a wake
That’s it. Everyone should have peace of mind that things are sorted and in place