Home > Funeral Planning > Planning The Ceremony

Planning The Ceremony

By: J.A.J Aaronson - Updated: 9 Dec 2012 | comments*Discuss
 
Funeral Arrangements Service Reading

For many people, it seems that life is spent planning things. Whether or not they work out, inordinate amounts of time are spent working out what you are going to do next, or in the future. Contemplating planning a funeral, however, whether it is your own or someone else's, is often seen as a less than enticing, perhaps even macabre, prospect.

In reality, of course, death is an everyday occurrence. Many people would like to know that their remains have been dealt with in the way in which they would have hoped. You can ensure this by putting some time into planning the funeral which you would like to see for yourself.

No Necessity

Before you begin, it is worth remembering a few key points. In the first instance, you should note that you don't have to have a funeral at all; there is no legal requirement that you should have any ceremony conducted on your behalf. Similarly, there is nothing written in law that stipulates any of the details of a ceremony, should you choose to have one. As long as it doesn't break other laws, the organisation of your funeral ceremony is left entirely up to you, or to your relatives.

There has been a great shift away from the dominance of religious funerals in recent years. You do not have to employ any religious representative to oversee a funeral; rather, you could have an entirely secular service of thanksgiving. This could be presided over by a close friend or family member. Furthermore, a funeral need not be conducted in a building which is registered in any way; you could quite acceptably conduct the service in your own house. In these cases, it is worth noting that you do not need to be buried in a church or cemetery; rather, you could perfectly acceptably be laid to rest on private land. This could be your garden, or any other place which has special significance (although you should ask the owner first!).

Personalisation

Ensuring that the funeral is recognisably for the individual concerned, rather than a generic service, is a priority for many people. There are several ways in which you can 'personalise' the funeral, each of which may be fitting in different circumstances. The choice of music is a particularly popular method; having already looked at the lack of necessity to have a church funeral, you might also bear in mind the growing popularity of live music at services.

Finally, one of the most fundamental parts of any funeral service is the readings. Generally, these are given by close friends or relatives, and by the clergyman. Giving a reading at a funeral is a highly emotional moment for the reader. As such, you might want to give consideration to whether you wish to stipulate the readings, or whether you would prefer to leave the choice up to the individual. This might well give them a unique chance to say goodbye in their own, personal way.

You might also like...
Share Your Story, Join the Discussion or Seek Advice..
Why not be the first to leave a comment for discussion, ask for advice or share your story...

If you'd like to ask a question one of our experts (workload permitting) or a helpful reader hopefully can help you... We also love comments and interesting stories

Title:
(never shown)
Firstname:
(never shown)
Surname:
(never shown)
Email:
(never shown)
Nickname:
(shown)
Comment:
Validate:
Enter word:
Topics
Latest Comments
  • Lisa
    Re: How Legally Binding is a Will?
    My gran had will and she had sign by 2 witnesses and my grandad was there my gran and grandad now sadly passed and a can't find…
    18 September 2020
  • Ionnikins
    Re: Keeping Your Will Up-to-Date
    My wife and I have mirror wills. We have agreed that on first death the survivor will vary the will in order to pass on to our…
    29 August 2020
  • MARYM
    Re: Preparing Your Will in Scotland
    My father changed his will 4 months before he passed away aged 82, he was unable to sign his will, he only mentioned 2…
    12 May 2020
  • scot20
    Re: Scottish Rights of Succession
    In a simple will, no property on a little savings, is it necessary to have a whole section on trusts as in STEP? Everything going…
    20 April 2020
  • suspicious
    Re: Preparing Your Will in Scotland
    Scotland - The main beneficiary of a will made by my uncle ( suffering from dementia) arranged for a completely new Will to be…
    8 April 2020
  • Someone
    Re: Dealing With Intestacy
    Hi, I am trying to get prepared for when my time comes when my mother passes on. There is a will and I am the sole person who will…
    2 December 2019
  • Tina
    Re: Preparing Your Will in Scotland
    My husband signed will at the later date than will itself is dated. On the last page is only his signature,no printed name and…
    23 November 2019
  • Robin
    Re: Are Verbal Changes to a Will Valid?
    My Mom passed away she had a will made in 2012 though since has wanted to make changes she told me and my sistee (whom is…
    27 July 2019
  • Ray Delta
    Re: Debt After Death
    My partner passed away in February 2019 leaving no estate assets or monies, she had a vehicle on a lease hire agreement with an £8,800. now owing.…
    7 July 2019
  • Geoff
    Re: Divorce and Revoking a Will
    Three years ago when my wife, now deceased, was in a nursing home I had a will written that left everything to my wife's great…
    4 July 2019