About your funeral wishes
We've answered some of the most frequently asked questions around sharing funeral wishes below.
Why should I share my funeral wishes?
Sharing your wishes with your loved ones will relieve some of the uncertainty and stress often associated with arranging a funeral, as well as providing reassurance to your family that they are commemorating your life in the way you would have wanted. By sharing your funeral wishes in writing, they are also more likely to be honoured.
Does sharing my funeral wishes cost?
Sharing your funeral wishes is completely free. Simply fill out for the contact form and we’ll send you a funeral wishes template for you to complete and share with your family.
My funeral wishes are included in my will, is this not enough?
Wills are often left unread until after the funeral so it can be difficult for your wishes to be passed on. It is not advisable to rely on your will to share your funeral wishes with your family, especially as funeral wishes in a will are not legally binding under current law.
Who should I share my funeral wishes with?
It is advisable to give a close friend or family member a copy of your funeral wishes to keep with their records so they are easily accessible when the time comes. Talking to your family about your funeral wishes in good time means you can express what is important to you - and clear the air if necessary.
Do my family have to follow my wishes?
There is no legal requirement for your family to follow your funeral wishes, however where a person has taken the time to share their funeral wishes, they are often respected by their family.
Do I need to plan the entire funeral?
When it comes to expressing your funeral wishes, you can think about them in as little or as much detail as you like. Your wishes can be something as simple as a song you’d like to be played at your funeral or somewhere special you’d like your ashes to be scattered.
Is there anything my funeral wishes needs to include?
A funeral provides an opportunity for your friends and family to come together to express their grief and celebrate your life. A funeral can be as simple and low key as you want – you should not feel pressured into requesting a lavish ceremony. There does not even need to be a service before the cremation if you do not want there to be.
Helpful information you may want to include in your funeral wishes includes:
- Whether you want to be cremated or buried
- If you want a funeral with or without a service
- If you want a funeral service, what type of service you would like this to be
- If you have money set aside to pay for your funeral and, if so, how your family can access it
- If you have funeral plan in place, provide details of who it is with and where the documentation can be located
- If you are cremated, would you like the ashes return to your family? If so, is there something specific you would like your family to do with your ashes?
I'd like to plan and pay for my own funeral in advance, is this possible?
Yes, you can plan and pay for your own funeral in advance with a prepaid funeral plan. At Simplicity, we offer three simple funeral plans where you can pay in either a lump sum or monthly up to 5 years.