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How to plan a funeral

A step by step checklist

Someone you loved has passed on, and now there is a funeral to be arranged. It can be an overwhelming time. Suddenly there are many decisions to make and there may be costs you didn’t anticipate.

Times are changing. No longer are we satisfied with funeral services that all look the same that fall short of reflecting our loved ones in an authentic and unique way. Many of us have little experience arranging a funeral, but with some guidance It’s possible to arrange an unforgettable funeral for the ones we love.

Here’s a guide to all the decisions that come into play when planning a funeral.

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Set up a funeral plan

Save ideas to your favourites and start to pull together the elements of the funeral that you want to personalize to create a truly authentic Great Goodbye.

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