5 good reasons to plan your own funeral

- 23/08/21

Ever wondered what it would be like to go to your own funeral? It’s impossible, of course, but making your own plans for it is the next best thing. There are plenty of reasons why it’s a great idea to plan your own funeral or at least make your wishes known to your family in advance. Spending a little time now making a plan could save your family a whole lot of time, worry and expenses when the day comes. It’s not morbid or depressing, it’s just smart and lets you put your own personal touch on your final goodbye.

So here are a few of the advantages of planning your own funeral:

1. Do it your way

Who’s the best person to make sure your funeral fits your taste and personality? You are. Maybe you’d like a particular song to be played, or a certain poem to be read out during the ceremony. Perhaps you even have a special place of worship or other venue in mind that your family may not have realised. Planning your own funeral means that you can personalise it with the little touches that will make it distinctly you.

Do a little research and perhaps have a discussion with a funeral planner about the different options available. Then make sure your family know and understand what your wishes are.

2. Take the stress off your family

You can save your family the stress of wondering and arguing about what you would have wanted. Making your wishes clear in advance and even making some of the arrangements yourself is one of the best ways you can help them during what is sure to be a difficult time.

3. Have a funeral that fits your budget

Funerals can be far more expensive than we first imagine. The average cost of a funeral today is £4,184[1], and that’s before all of the optional extras like flowers and limousines get added on. By planning your own funeral, you can both control the costs and have a funeral that fits your wishes.

When left to make all the funeral arrangements, your loved ones can easily overspend on the funeral as they feel an obligation to ‘do right’ by you. In fact, a recent survey revealed that 81% of funeral directors believe people massively overspend on funeral flowers[1]. If you don’t think something is necessary, save them the expense ahead of time by leaving it out of your plans.

4. Pay for your funeral well in advance

Many people take out a pre-paid funeral plan where they pay for their funeral in advance while still living, saving their family from the bills and financial worry.

Most funeral plans offer the option of paying in one lump sum or in monthly installments over an agreed period. Exactly what’s covered will vary depending on the plan chosen. With Distinct Cremations anyone over 18 can take out a prepay funeral plan and there are no medical questions to answer or checks on your health.

5. Peace of mind for you

Many people plan their own funeral simply because it’s a comfort to know their loved ones will have got one less thing to worry about when the time comes. By planning your own funeral, you can rest assured knowing that your funeral will be exactly the way you want it.

Distinct Cremations have a range of free guides designed to help you plan your funeral with pre-paid plans where you cover the cost upfront.

Contact us today and find out more about Distinct Cremations’ low-cost funeral plans.


  1. SunLife (2021)
Distinct Cremations is a trading name of Distinct Cremations Limited I Registered in England, No. 13366310 and Distinct Funeral Plans Limited [Prepaid Funeral plan provider] I Registered in England, No. 13366327 | Registered Office Westerleigh Crematorium, Westerleigh Road, Bristol BS37 8QP | Part of the Westerleigh Group |