5 Important Questions About Funerals

When arranging a funeral, there are several key questions to ask. Often, the information needed is contained within a will or funeral plan or has been discussed with a close friend or relative. Ideally, these important, personal wishes are understood before a person dies. Too often, they are left unsaid, making decisions harder for those organising the funeral.

Five common questions about funerals are:

  1. Who is the primary point of contact for the funeral arrangements?

Designating a family member or close friend as the main contact ensures effective communication with the funeral director and other involved parties.

  • Will the deceased be buried or cremated?

Understanding whether the person preferred burial or cremation helps guide the funeral planning process. In the UK, cremations are the most prevalent type of funeral with direct cremations (no service involved) becoming increasingly popular. Our article explains four key issues involved with choosing between a burial or cremation.

  • What type of service is required?

Various services are available, with options involving religion and tradition or a celebration of life. Once the type of service is agreed the location and person to lead the service can be agreed. This will reflect any cultural or religious preferences.

  • What costs are involved?

The average cost of a funeral in the UK is £3,953 (SunLife research). This amount covers the basic costs of:

  • cremation or burial fees,
  • doctor fees,
  • funeral director fees, and
  • minister or celebrant fees.

When arranging a funeral, it’s important to know what expenses need to be settled and when, plus who will be making the payments. Funeral costs include the casket or urn, transportation, venue rental, and professional services.

  • What logistical arrangements are needed?

The location of the funeral will influence whether transportation and accommodation are needed for those who would like to attend the service. If a funeral reception (a wake) is planned, decisions about the venue, transportation and any catering are required.

Addressing these questions early in the funeral planning process can help an emotional situation be a little less stressful. Discussions can ensure that the arrangements reflect the wishes of the deceased and their loved ones.

If you would like to know how to arrange a funeral and the options involved, please talk to the supportive team at Austin’s Funeral Directors. We’ll discuss the options involved and help you plan the perfect funeral.

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