Making plans for the funeral

When someone dies, especially if they were close to you, you will be faced with so many emotions. Our guide will help you to make the right steps to arranging a funeral.

What’s in the will?

It is recommended that you visit the deceased’s solicitor to check whether a will includes any instructions on funeral arrangements. Even if you were close to the deceased and you know what they had planned, you are advised to check what is written in the will.

These wishes are not mandatory but you may want to take them into account when arranging the funeral. The will also include information on the executor(s) who will subsequently administer the conduct of the estate.


Provision for the funeral

The will may have details of a pre-paid funeral plan. If so, Turnbulls can carry out the funeral arrangements according to the plan.

Alternative arrangements can be made through a professional funeral directors, such as Turnbulls, a council funeral or a community funeral.


More funeral considerations

These are some of the questions that a funeral directors will ask you so that they can help you to arrange the right service:

  • Burial or cremation?
  • Where the body should rest before the funeral?
  • Date for the funeral?
  • Where to hold the funeral?
  • What type of service, eg religious, humanist, civil or green?
  • Who will conduct the funeral?
  • Funeral vehicles.

Because I have loved life, I shall have no sorrow to die. I have sent up my gladness on wings, to be lost in the blue of the sky. I have run and leaped with the rain, I have taken the wind to my breast. My cheeks like a drowsy child to the face of the earth I have pressed. Because I have loved life, I shall have no sorrow to die.

– Amelia Burr, American poet (1878 – 1968) –