About your funeral wishes
Before filling out a funeral wishes request form, there may be questions you need answering. We've answered some of the most frequently asked questions.
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’s wishes have been shared, they are often followed.
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.