There are so many things to consider when arranging a funeral. Golden Leaves funeral planning advice can help with every step.

Funeral Planning Advice

At Golden Leaves we think you are best placed to decide what kind of funeral you’d like. While this could be a difficult thing to consider it can a very positive acton to take, to reflect on your life and the send off you’d like. Planning in advance will help remove the emotional burden and some of the financial worry from your next of kin at a time in their lives when they are least able to cope.

See our Funeral Planning Checklist for a list of things to consider when planning your funeral. Also see our section about Starting The Conversation for advice on how to speak to loved ones about this potentially difficult subject

How do I decide which plan is for me?

Golden Leaves have a range of standard funeral plans designed to meet your requirements. Ranging from a cremation only service to a traditional funeral with all the trimmings, these plans can be purchased in full, or paid in instalments over 12 to 96 months or covered as an insurance policy with fixed monthly payments.

Planning for your funeral now means you can fix the complete cost of your Golden Leaves cremation funeral in advance (funeral directors’ professional fees, cremation fees and ministers’ fees are guaranteed), no matter how far in the future death occurs. If burial is your funeral choice, your plan will guarantee the cost of the funeral director and pay a contribution towards the cost of cemetery and burial fees.

Funeral Planning Advice: Cremation or Burial

Religious and cultural beliefs, family tradition and personal preference can all play an important part in this decision, along with feelings and preferences of family and loved ones. The final resting place is a consideration which is more flexible after cremation.

Modern cremation reduces the body to it basic elements within a matter of hours compared to burial which allows the process of slow and natural decomposition. In some cultures cremation is revered while in others the place of burial has important significance.

Direct Cremation

The Copper plan is a direct cremation service and the simplest and the cheapest of the Golden Leaves funeral plans. The plan guarantees the funeral director’s professional fees, the cremation and doctors fees. It allows the funeral director to collect the body from the place of death, the arrangement and fees for the cremation and delivering the remains to the family. There is no service and the family can commemorate the passing whenever or however they choose.

A Traditional Funeral

Choose from our Copper to Gold plans which all guarantee to cover the complete cost of a cremation funeral, including a service, a range of different coffin choices and a range of services included to suit your budget. If your choice is a burial funeral there may be additional costs – see ‘Disbursements’ below for more information. Some plans within the suite guarantee the funeral director’s professional fees, cremation fees and ministers’ fees (check terms and conditions for the specifics of each plan) 

Disbursements

Disbursements are fees which have to be paid for things that are outside of the control of the funeral director. Examples are doctors’ charges or fees for church services and the minister, or to buy a burial plot or interment fees. Please note that your next of kin or estate may have to pay the balance for disbursements if your chosen plan includes only a contribution and the costs of disbursements are more than this amount.

A Personal Service

In addition, with expert funeral planning advice, Golden Leaves can help you personalise your funeral to give you the send off you’d like. To create a bespoke funeral please call our team who will be happy to help with advice on any additions you’d like to your chosen plan. Our team will do their best to accommodate any additions that you require and will be able to advise on additional costs, including whether these need to be paid for now or added to your plan and paid for when the time comes.

Our team is used to a variety of requests but we are typically asked to provide additions such as:

  • Doves
  • Horse and carriage (replaces the hearse)
  • Extra limos or extra hearse to carry flowers
  • Tractor hearses
  • Bespoke coffin
  • Alternative service location
  • Bagpipers
  • Fireworks
Repatriation

Golden Leaves can also arrange repatriation of your body to any country from the UK if you require your funeral to be conducted elsewhere in the world. Repatriation can be a part of your funeral planning agreed in advance. Please call 0800 85 44 48 for more details and funeral planning advice.