Birth, life and death are interwoven. We cannot have one without the other.

Pre-planning your own funeral or that of a loved one, need no longer be a harrowing duty!  The process can, believe it or not actually be a healing and uplifting experience.

  1. When planning a funeral, create an occasion that reflects the character and values of the person involved
  2. Those who follow a particular faith path will undoubtedly go to their own leader to conduct their funeral. For others there are many alternative choices available
  3. Consider a no fuss funeral, with private or direct cremation followed by a memorial ceremony at a later date, allowing time and space for people to gather
  4. Be sure you are acquainted with the facts that make your departure as environmentally friendly as possible
  5. A funeral service/ceremony can take place at home, in the garden, a hall, on a hilltop or woodland setting. Providing it doesn’t offend the general public there are few limits
  6. Don’t be afraid to raise a smile in what you plan, life isn’t all sombre and serious

Planning your own funeral long before there is a need can be a deeply healing experience.


Find many free resources on our site about how you can prepare for end-of-life, from conversations in our Tea Rooms, tips about legal requirements, funeral planning, memorials and celebrations. Or take a look in our shop. A portion of proceeds from sales are donated to plant trees with Ancient and Sacred Trees and also Sussex Green Living.