why plan your funeral

Why plan your own funeral

When it comes to those big moments in life, we like to plan. When we get married, it takes on average 18 months to plan the big day. When we have babies, we spend months preparing our homes, our finances and making general arrangements.

But when it comes to planning our funerals – the ultimate celebration of our lives, we’re not so keen to get the notebooks and spreadsheets out to start pinning down the details.

Or course, this is understandable; no one likes to think about their own death – let alone plan for it. But having arrangements in place for your interment is a wise thing to do and is not as morose as it seems.

Having a secure funeral plan in place not only gives you peace of mind, but has a number of benefits for your friends and family too.

3 Reasons To Plan Your Funeral


1. Lessen the burden for family

If you’ve ever had someone close to you pass away, you’ll know what a stressful and emotional time it can be. And when you’re forced to arrange a funeral for that person, this can have a negative impact over the grieving process.

If your loved ones don’t know what kind of funeral you want to have or where you want to be buried, they will be forced to make difficult decisions and deal with heavy financial burden at an already trying time. And as emotions are running high, this can often lead to unnecessary fights and disagreements.

Having a funeral plan in place for your loved ones to follow will avoid this and give them the opportunity to focus on their own emotional needs and on celebrating your life.

2. Control over your funeral

Every part of your funeral and burial can be personalised from the location of your burial plot, down to the flowers used. So, when you plan your own funeral, you get the assurance that your wishes will be followed and it will be truer reflection of your life. This is particularly important if you have specific wishes or requirements, such as cremation, a certain burial plot or a type of casket.

As the organising of your funeral won’t be rushed in the days after your death, it will also have more meaning and poignancy, giving your loved ones a better opportunity to gain the closure they need.

Instead, you’ll have the time and resources you need and the ability to consult with professionals that you trust, who can give expert guidance on creating a celebration that looks and feels the way you want it to. You can take the time to focus on the small things that will make your funeral special.

3. Claim financial responsibility

If you plan your funeral now, you have the opportunity to research providers, work with people you respect and trust and secure a price that works for you. Many providers may also give you the chance to pay a deposit, they may offer discounted pre-planning prices or layaway plans, meaning you can freeze today’s prices.

Most importantly, though, it means you can assume financial responsibility, without causing your loved ones to pay thousands of euro of their own money unexpectedly or spend your will in a way that is unplanned.


At Kilternan Cemetery Park, we understand the weight of these decisions. So, if you want to discuss your funeral plans, we’re here to help. You can find out more about pre-booking burial plots and making arrangements by contacting us.

About Kilternan Cemetery

Kilternan Cemetery is a multi-denominational Cemetery that has been designed to provide a natural environment within a scenic parkland setting offering peace and tranquillity for all our visitors.