Funeral Planning Information

How to Plan a Funeral

These sections guide you through some of the practical and administrative tasks required after a death, then leads you through things you may need to consider when planning a funeral, memorial service or celebration of life.

Ways to Announce a Death

Letting people know that someone they loved has died is really hard. There are a number of ways to tell family, friends and acquaintances. How you choose to do this will, of course, depend on their relationship to the deceased.

Planning a Reception, Wake or Memorial Service

Gathering after a funeral service, either immediately or at a later date, is a chance for mourners to come together to support each other, share stories and celebrate the life of the person who has died.

At a later date, you may wish to create a more lasting memorial, either at the place where they have been laid to rest or in some other meaningful way.

Legal and Administrative Tasks

There are a number of legal, administrative and practical tasks that need to be undertaken after a death. Here are some of the things that you may need to attend to.

Planning Tools to Help You Gather and Share Information

The whiteballoon Checklists below provide a printable summary of the things you may need to do or think about.

Other helpful Planning Tools, such as the Ideas Folder, in which to save images and information, the Budget Planner and Attendees Form make keeping track of information and tasks so much easier.

These are completely free to use. Just Register and Login to save information securely to your account.

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