You can design every element of the funeral if you decide this is what you would like. Here are some things to think about:
Service - You may have specific requests, such as hymns, music, readings or people who you’d like to be involved. If you are planning a religious service, it’s a good idea to talk to your minister. Traditional funeral services are held in a church, or at a crematorium, but you may decide you’d like a less traditional funeral, such as a woodland funeral, or one with a theme. Talk your ideas through with your family, or ask us if you have any unusual requests.
Burial/Cremation - You may have specific ideas about where you would like to be buried, or where you would like your ashes to go. Also, you may like to reserve a burial space in a certain churchyard or a specific space for your ashes to be interred in a cemetery.
Other things you could think about would be whether you would like a headstone, or other permanent memorial, or whether you would prefer a tree or plant in your memory.
Flowers/Donations - If you have a particular charity in mind for friends and family to donate in your memory, you should write this in your will or in your list of funeral requests. You can also decide whether to ask for floral tributes from everyone, or just close family.