Top tips to start the conversation
"I want you to play 'I did it my way' at my funeral"
It may seem like there's never a good time to start the conversation, but it can be easier than you think. Be it a news item, a recent film or some music you've heard on the radio, use this as a way to get the conversation started.
Used in the right way, a little humour could help break some early tension. You know your loved ones better than anyone, so speak to them in a way you know they'll understand and react to best.
Pick the right people
Whether it's family members, your closest friends or a mixture of both, call on those you feel will be best to talk it through with. If possible, talk with those who may need to make arrangements when the time comes. At least they'll have heard your wishes first hand and feel more prepared when the time comes.
Explain the benefits
You know why you want to talk, but your loved ones may not and may need to be reassured. Put their minds at ease by saying why you want to have the conversation, and explain how it benefits them as much as you.
Conversations can sometimes lose their focus. To help keep things on track, you could think about or write down a few key things you want to say before you sit down to talk.
Allow plenty of time
As you may not have spoken about it before, don't be surprised if your loved ones are a little taken aback when you begin. Be sure to give yourselves plenty of time to talk it through, allowing time for everyone to feel comfortable and more at ease as the conversation develops. You may need a few conversations, don't worry if you don't discuss everything at once. Your loved ones might need some time to get used to the idea of talking about it before they fully open up ad talk things through.
Haven't thought about it yet or don't know where to start?
Here are some suggestions to help you to start thinking and talking about what you'd like for your own funeral wishes or to help you have the conversation with a loved one.
- Would you prefer a burial or cremation? Have you thought about where you'd like to be buried? Next to a loved one or a specific place of rest?
- Where would you like your ashes to be scattered?
- Where would you like the funeral to take place - do you have a preferred church or crematorium? A preferred minister or officiant?
- Who would you like at your funeral? Do you want them to weat anything specific - some people like guests to wear bright colours, for example.
- Would you prefer a religious or non-religious ceremony?
- Do you want to follow family tradtions or something different?
- Who would you like to conduct your funeral? Do you have a preferred funeral home or Funeral Director?
- Are there any particular flowers, readings, or pieces of music you'd like?
We can help you to protect your loved ones
A funeral plan is a great way to record your funeral wishes and at the same time pay in advance for your funeral. It's an easy way to get your funeral arranged whilst protecting your family and friends from uncertainty about your final wishes, as well as the burden of an unexpected funeral bill.
Find out more about our funeral plans.