Pre-planning a funeral

Some people, for a variety of reasons, wish to plan their funerals. I can help you with this. I would visit you in your own home to discuss the details and help you design the ceremony you want:

How I can help:

  • I can support you in thinking about what is important to you: about the values you hold and how you hope you will be remembered after your death.
  • I can advise you on how to put together your ceremony, how to take the appropriate steps to ensure your wishes are followed and how this links into the funeral arrangements etc.
  • If you wish I can draft your ceremony script and help you plan the structure of the ceremony: alternatively you may be happy to just document what that you want to be included – such as specific poems, music or who you want to involve in telling the story of your life

Things I am not able to do:

  • I am not able to promise that I will be available to conduct your funeral when the time comes. Although if you know you are dying, then you may wish to insist the ceremony is arranged around my availability. Otherwise, neither of us knows when you will need my services, so we won’t know whether I will be available. However, by documenting your wishes, whoever does take over the responsibility of conducting your ceremony will have this information about your choices to work from.
  • I’m not able to arrange the whole funeral. This will need to be done by your family and/or friends: either independently, or with the assistance of a Funeral Director.
  • I’m not able to guarantee that your funeral ceremony wishes will be carried out. This will be in the hands of the family members and/or friends who are in charge of arranging your funeral.

How much will I charge you?

For someone who knows they are very close to the end of their life and wants me to conduct their ceremony, then I will not charge for the pre-preparation, but will simply charge my usual ceremony fee at the time of the funeral

For other people pre-planning their funeral ceremony the fee will depend on what support you would like from me. Examples of what I may charge are below but these are negotiable:

  1. Initial enquiry, chat on the phone – free
  2. A single visit/Zoom meeting to discuss what your options are and some advice about what you could do – £60
  3. A single visit/Zoom meeting and then drafting the structure of a ceremony  – £120
  4. An additional visit/Zoom meeting and the drafting of your ceremony plus making suggestions of reading, poems, music etc. – £200
  5. Planning, writing and delivering the ceremony £275.00- £325.00