Dealing with the death of a loved one is an emotionally-charged journey that can take a toll on various aspects of your life. While the most obvious struggle is moving forward with the pain, the high price tag it takes to conduct a funeral can be just as devastating to your wallet too. Funerals are difficult enough as it is, but paying for the service out-of-pocket feels like a slap to the face.
Fortunately, there are modern solutions that make it possible to provide a good send-off without burning holes in your pocket nor does it compromise your compassion for the deceased. With that in mind, the tips below should help you plan for a heartfelt funeral on a budget:
Tip #1: Go for a “green” burial
Many people are becoming more environmentally aware, but it’s rare to apply sustainability in your deathcare. Fortunately, more and more funeral services are encouraging families to consider a green burial, wherein uses eco-friendly alternatives for your casket choices.
Modern caskets can eat up hundreds and thousands of pounds as it is often made from steel, copper, and other heavy metals, but you can save money by opting for non-renewable caskets that use seagrass, willow, bamboo, or even pine for the coffin.
In addition to sustainable caskets or coffins, you can also achieve cheaper green burial by avoiding using toxic chemicals for embalming. Not only will you help the environment even in death, but you can also say a proper goodbye for a less expensive price.
Tip #2: Consider a different location
If people can hold weddings outside the traditional venues like the church, then why not do the same thing for funerals? Holding a funeral at your deceased loved one’s favourite place, for instance, is an excellent way to send them off without spending too much on the venue.
You can do this outside, in your home garden, and other open places. Keep in mind while it is cheaper, you need to exert extra effort by asking for permits to use the location for a funeral. Fortunately, you can reduce the costs further by decorating the venue yourself by picking fresh flowers from your garden.
Tip #3: Provide your own urn
Many people are considering cremation as it is an easier way to say goodbye, but investing in an urn can add to your budget more than you think. If you are planning to spread your deceased loved one’s ashes in their favourite places, it may be more economical to provide your own urn instead of purchasing one at a high price for only a short period.
The Bottom Line: Exploring Ways to Organise a Funeral On a Budget
You don’t need to hold a traditional, full-blown funeral to do a proper send-off to your loved ones. If you want to save on thousands of pounds without sacrificing the quality of the funeral, the tips above should help you achieve a heartfelt burial on a budget.
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