For Families & Patients

Palliative care supports people with a life-limiting illness and their families to live, die and grieve well.
Back to Wishes and plans

Planning a funeral

You may want to think about the kind of funeral you would like.

Even if you don’t want to plan your funeral in detail, it is a good idea to write down some basic information:

  • Do you want a funeral service or some other gathering?
  • Do you want to be buried or cremated?
  • Where would you like your remains or ashes placed?
  • Who would you like to be invited, and who would you like to speak?
  • Is there special music you would like?
  • Would you like flowers or would you prefer people give to a particular charity instead?
  • Is there a special memory or legacy you want to share?

If you find it hard to discuss your funeral wishes with your loved ones, your palliative care team can help.

Arrange a funeral ahead of time

You can talk to a funeral director ahead of time about what you want for your funeral. This is often free of charge. Ask the funeral director for a copy of their notes to give to the people who will be involved.

This does not involve any written agreement or payment for your funeral. When the time comes, your family or executor will need to arrange and pay for your funeral.

Paying for a funeral in advance

You can also plan and pay for your funeral in advance. You can pay the full amount or in a number of payments over an agreed period. However, not all plans will refund your payments if you decide to cancel – so it is important to check first.

Funeral insurance and funeral bonds can be very expensive. Consider these options carefully.