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What Are The Steps In Arranging A Funeral

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What Are The Steps In Arranging A Funeral

What are the steps in arranging a funeral? We look at what you ned to know when arranging a funeral service. Find out more about planning a funeral.

Planning A Funeral

There are many details and moving parts in any funeral, which all need to be well thought out to create the best service to commemorate the life of a loved one. There is a lot to consider, from transportation arrangements to floral tributes, music choices, and religious readings.

This article will take you through these various choices and give you a step-by-step guide through the funeral arrangement process.

What Are The Steps In Arranging A Funeral

What Are The Steps To Planning A Funeral?

Here we have broken the funeral planning process into sections, with discussions of each step when making funeral arrangements for your loved one:

Start Planning

When you begin to plan your loved one's funeral, there are a few things you need to consider first:

Has the deceased left instructions or wishes for their own funeral in their will or prepaid funeral plans?

Did your loved one leave any savings or establish a funeral plan to pay for the service?

If they have no savings or funeral plans, how will you pay for your loved one's funeral?

Even if your loved one did not leave any plans or instructions regarding their funeral when they passed, they might have discussed this with family and friends.

If you find that these wishes or instructions are particularly expensive or impractical, do not worry.

You should simply focus on the things you can arrange for the service to create the best, bespoke funeral service for your loved one.

How Much The Funeral Will Cost

Funerals are an expensive business, with the basic funeral costs in the UK being around £4,000.

This price is for a basic service and does not include other considerations, such as flowers, funeral transport and memorial services. This basic costing includes:

Funeral Director Fees

Doctor Fees

Coffin or Casket Costs

Fees for the clergy or funeral officiates


Choosing A Funeral Director

Once you have a good idea about what plans you have for the service, the next step is to consider whether you want to hire the services of local funeral directors or independent funeral homes.

When a loved one dies, it can often be an incredibly difficult time for their family to arrange their funeral service. Therefore, it is quite common for people to hand over the responsibility of arranging a funeral for their loved one to a dedicated funeral director.

The funeral director will oversee all aspects of the funeral service, from taking the deceased's body into their care, arranging the service itself and sourcing all the required materials and personnel.

They can also provide expert advice and help people decide on the best way to celebrate their loved one's life with compassionate support for the deceased's relatives where needed.


If your loved one made a prearranged funeral plan, they would already have selected a funeral director to handle their service.

However, you can search for the most appropriate and best-recommended directors on the National Association of Funeral Directors if they have not.

Naturally, you can save money by leaving out the funeral director entirely.

However, taking care of the body and ensuring it is transported to the service safely and with dignity is their speciality, and you will need a funeral director to get this done.

Choose A Burial Or Cremation Service

Once you have decided whether you want to hire a funeral director or not, you need to consider the type of funeral you want for your loved one.

If they stipulated in their will or funeral plan that they would like a burial rather than cremation, or visa versa, then your decision should be easy.

However, burials generally cost more than direct cremations, so if your budget is particularly tight, you should go for what you can afford.

Arrange The Funeral Service

Never rush the funeral planning, and take your time arranging the service.

Arranging any funeral is an emotional time, so you should not put too much pressure on yourself.

If your loved one left any last wishes in their will regarding their funeral, such as song choices or clothing requests for attendees, these might make your job a little easier.

Plan The Wake

The wake, or reception, is the part of the funeral where your friends and family can get together to remember the deceased and celebrate your loved one's life. This can take place almost anywhere, from your home to the deceased's favourite social club, local pub or village hall.

If you choose to have the wake at a particular venue, they may be able to cater for the occasion. If not, you can always hire an independent caterer when providing food. 


What To Consider When Planning A Funeral

The number of things to consider with any funeral extends beyond practical considerations, such as transport and floral tributes, to more spiritual matters, such as the deceased's personal beliefs and the attendees grieving, reflection and celebrations.

A funeral director will be able to help with these elements of the service, alongside practical considerations such as logistics and administrative work.

Any good funeral director will be able to guide the family member's of the deceased through the process, providing professional advice and compassionate suggestions to what should be included in the service, allowing you to mourn and celebrate your loved one in the most appropriate way.

The director will discuss the role you and other family members want to play in the planning process, advising on the practicalities such as scheduling the service.

People are not usually invited directly when funerals occur. The friends and family of the deceased will usually post an online obituary or a traditional print obituary to notify people that the death has occurred and the date and time of the funeral service.

This allows those who knew the deceased during their life can come and mourn their passing.

Of course, the funeral director can arrange the obituary on the family's behalf. Suppose any friends or family of the deceased do not live locally. In that case, the funeral director can arrange for an online memorial service so they can pay their respects wherever they are.

The print or online obituary also offers you the chance to inform people of any themes you or the deceased want for the service. This can include charity donations, as well as dress codes.

For example, it is becoming increasingly popular for people to want mourners and attendees to wear bright colours rather than traditional black.

Alternatively, suppose the deceased was a member of a particular service or profession, such as a military veteran or police officer. In that case, their colleagues might want to attend in their uniforms out of respect.

A funeral service does not always need to be officiated by a religious minister or priest. They can even be officiated by a friend or family member of the deceased.

On the other hand, a humanist celebrant can provide all the ceremonial services of a minister, but without reverting to scriptures or prayers to commemorate your loved one's passing.

Instead, they can read out poems or other literary texts that had a deeper meaning for the deceased while they were alive.

Suppose you are thinking of arranging a religious funeral service for your loved one. In that case, you will need to bear in mind that some religious denominations have particular rules for their order of service.

This can include saying certain prayers at certain times during the service. If you are unsure of what your service will need to include, your funeral director can liaise with the appropriate religious minister or officiant on your behalf.

Music is one of the most important things in any funeral service, with family members choosing the perfect music for their loved one to give them a fitting farewell. This music should reflect who the deceased was in their life and can include anything from classical or organ music to modern pop, classic rock and many more besides.

It is not uncommon for people to also arrange live musical performances, such as from professional singers, harpists or bagpipe players, for the funeral service of their loved one.

In Christian funerals, it is common for hymns to be sung by the entire congregation, which allows them to express their faith in God. Hymns can vary greatly in tone, with some being more sombre and serious, while others provide a greater sense of positivity, hope and celebration.

Even if you want to plan a non-religious wedding, you can still include hymns. Many people remember singing hymns at school or church and will have favourite ones, so they are nice to include for your loved one if they have a particular fondness for them.

Readings and poems will generally only be a short part of the funeral service and may express notions of loss and death or celebrations of life. Again, you may want to include a favourite poem of the deceased or one that exemplifies their life.

For religious services, readings are most often taken from scriptures, possibly ones that had a particular significance to your loved one during their life.

Most religious services will include prayers during the ceremony. These may be part of the order of service established by a particular religion, or the minister officiating the service might suggest ones that are better suited to the deceased.

Again, your loved one may have had a prayer that helped them during their life, or you may wish to pray for them in your own words. 

The eulogy is the part of the funeral service where a speech is given by the officiant, close family members or friends of the deceased that honours their life.

While a eulogy given by the minister or celebrant will generally focus on the deceased's life, personal eulogies are also possible, written by the people who knew the deceased best during their life and who know best what they would want to be remembered for.

Most funeral services will include some form of reception or wake after the service is finished. For a burial, this will include close friends and family members attending the cemetery as they are committed while the remaining attendees head to the reception venue.

This venue could be anywhere that you like, from your own home to the deceased's local pub, community centre, social club or anywhere else that holds particular significance for them. It is an opportunity for mourners, friends and family to gather and remember the deceased and celebrate their life.

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