When Should I Start Planning My Funeral?

Planning your own funeral can be a way of your wishes coming true and helping support your family in a time of stress.

Death is not always an easy topic to talk about. It is, however, a very important one. Funerals, like any other event, require a fair amount of planning and money. It can become challenging for your loved ones to plan the funeral you want while coping with your passing. However, at Bequest, we believe this shouldn’t stop you from getting the funeral you have in mind.

A person’s last wishes are extremely important to them and their loved ones. Not being able to deliver on them can take a toll on the family. When you plan your own funeral, or even key aspects of it, you can save your family some time, money and trouble.

When can I start planning my funeral?

As stereotypical as it is to say, we need to acknowledge the fact that the future is uncertain. Untimely deaths leave families shattered 💔 Therefore, it is a good idea to plan your funeral (or certain pieces of it) as soon as possible to make sure your family has the assistance they will require. These details can be left in your will and told to your loved ones.

Research 🔍

Start by making a list of the things you feel you might need for the funeral. These can be anything from flowers to chairs. Then look around for these resources, compare suppliers and zero in on the ones you are the most interested in. Be sure to share these wishes in your will or share a backup of these files with someone close to you.

Location

Whether you want to be buried at sea 🌅 like Jack Geller (quite the idea!) or have a woodland burial, there are lots of options! Burial/crematorium spots can be hard to find at the last minute, so it may be wise to book one in your name so that your family doesn’t have to go through the hassle of paying for an expensive burial ground.

Finances 💵

Most people are shocked to find out how much a well-planned funeral costs. It is a sudden expense that can put a severe financial burden on your family. We advise you to come up with an estimate for the ceremony and set some funds aside accordingly. These funds can be secured using your life insurance or through savings.

Your Will 🖋

This is the most crucial part of planning your funeral. A person’s death has far-reaching consequences. Therefore, making sure you specify any last wishes and divide your possessions in your will is extremely important. We can assist you with extremely easy to use online will service.

Without a will, intestacy rules come into play and your estate is given to those in the order that the government has chosen, not who you have chosen. This is the current order.

  • Spouse or civil partner
  • Children above the age of 18
  • Parents
  • Siblings
  • Other surviving relatives closest to your direct family

While your next of kin matters while you’re alive, you need a will to make sure that your specific loved ones get what you want them to.💛


Planning a funeral consists of a lot of moving parts. All the legal jargon surrounding wills and funeral funds can discourage people from actively planning these things. But, we encourage you to read more about them and ask us if you have any questions!

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FF Bequest Limited, trading as Bequest, is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority with firm reference number 923791. You can check our authorisation on the FCA Financial Services Register by visiting the following website: register.fca.org.uk . We are registered in England and Wales, Registered office address: Founders Factory, Northcliffe House, London, United Kingdom, W8 5EH. Company Number 12367897.

Regulated by the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) [ZA662891]. "Bequest" is trademark protected by FF Bequest Limited (UK00003452648). FF Bequest Limited is registered in England and Wales, No 12367897.

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