Planning A Funeral On A Budget
No one ever wants to plan a funeral. Saying goodbye to someone who has been a huge part of your life isn’t easy. Often the primary responsibility of planning a funeral lies with the executors – who are often family outlined in the will. In 2019 the average cost of a basic burial was £4,321 and a cremation was £3,266. This includes services of a funeral director, burial or cremation disbursements. Here are some tips to help you plan a funeral on a budget.
Ask for help
Unless you are familiar with planning events like this, it is a good idea to ask for help with the Funeral planning. Ask a professional planner to support you in your decision making, and also be sure to research the different options in terms of burial and ceremonies. This is a difficult time for all involved – the last thing you want is more stress.
Choose a special location
When having a funeral ceremony and wake, it is important to choose a place that holds some significance to the person. If your loved one had a favourite place to go when they were alive, see if you can arrange the wake to take place here and it will allow you to feel more connected to your loved one.
Give a momento
You don’t have to spend too much money to give people a momento of their time with a loved one. One idea is to see what their favourite flower was when they were alive and give the seeds or bulbs of this flower to your family members and friends to grow at home. This is an amazing way to remember a person and also create new life at the end of another.
Don’t worry about frills
You might research funeral ideas and see people trying out crazy ideas with all bells and whistles, but it is important to remember that not all of us can afford something too lavish. It is still possible to create an amazing funeral to remember your loved one without spending a ton of money and you can even DIY some of the decorations yourself to save some money.
Make it personal
Creating a personal space for the funeral is always a challenge but it is worth working for. Consider ordering photos from Free Prints to scatter all over the venue, and choose flowers which are the favourite colour of the deceased. Consider how to create a stunning venue without spending a ton of money and ask people to bring items that remind them of the deceased.
It is important not to get caught up in the idea of a funeral. Remember that there are no rules when it comes to planning a send-off. If your family member loved being outdoors, you don’t even have to spend the money on a venue and instead go for a hike and picnic in their favourite spot.