Guest blogger RR writes today for ‘the silent majority of consumers’.
With the plethora of funeral options, some people choose to give their own send-off advance thought and leave instructions to their next of kin. This brief survey aims to focus the mind on some of the boxes that might need to be ticked. If answering this questionnaire, feel free to give additional comments. For example, if you want music at your funeral, and already have specific favourites, do share…
1 Have you been involved in planning a funeral before?
2 Did the dead person leave instructions for the funeral?
3 Do you intend to leave instructions for your own funeral?
4 What are your preferences for the ‘disposal’ of the body?
Donated to medical science
5 Where do you want your funeral to take place?
Church and crematorium
Woodland burial ground
Direct cremation with no funeral service
6 Who do you want to officiate at your funeral?
7 Which of the following do you want included in the funeral service?
Full religious liturgy
Exclusively secular format
Mix of religious and secular
Moment of silence
Collective call-out of memories
8 How do you want funeral guests to dress?
9 What are your coffin or urn design preferences?
Other (eg cloth shroud)
10 What transport do you want to your funeral?
Alternative hearse (eg motorbike and sidecar)
11 Who do you want to carry the coffin at the service?
Family and friends
12 Do you plan a committal ceremony after the funeral?
Graveside (burial of coffin or urn)
Scattering of ashes
13 Do you plan a memorial service or gathering some time after the death/funeral/committal?
14 If your body/ashes are to be buried, how do you want the resting place commemorated?
No marker of the spot
15 Do you plan to budget in advance for your funeral?
Specific funeral plan financial product
Regular financial product (eg ISA)
Instructions in a will for the next of kin
Agreement with next of kin to cover costs
16 How much do you envisage spending on your funeral?
Up to £1,000
17 Which of the following do you want at your funeral?
Big turnout of family, friends and aquaintances
An intimate gathering
Funeral venue hire
Social venue hire
Memorial stone or plaque
Musicians and choir/singers
Food and drink
Catering staff and waiters
Memorial slide/video screen
18 Before the funeral, where do you want your body to rest?
Cold storage in hospital/undertaker’s morgue
19 What are your preferences for viewings of the body at a vigil or wake?
20 If viewings are welcomed, which options do you prefer?
Visit to undertakers’ chapel of rest
Viewable any time at home
Temperature-controlled, un-embalmed body
21 Do you believe in some form of life of the soul after death?