Planning a funeral or memorial service before your death can help reduce stress for friends and family when they are grieving.
Planning in advance
Decisions you can make ahead of time include:
- whether you want a burial, cremation or a service specific to any cultural or religious custom
- organising payment in advance
- any specific readings, speakers or music.
Write down your plans and share them with close family and friends so that people know what you want for your funeral or memorial service
Informing family and friends of these preferences can help those organising your service to:
- make more confident decisions
- deal with different opinions
- represent your true wishes.
While you can include your funeral wishes in your will, it's best if they're also shared and communicated separately because the will is often not read or seen until after the funeral or memorial service.
Learn more about your funeral and burial options at Cemeteries and Crematoria NSW.
Paying for a funeral
You can organise to pay for a funeral in several ways, including:
- prepaid funerals (kept with a funeral home)
- funeral insurance.
In many cases, funeral costs can be paid from the assets of your estate, often from your bank account. In other circumstances, a family member or loved one will pay and then be reimbursed from your estate assets, provided there are sufficient assets to cover the funeral costs.
ASIC's Moneysmart has more information about paying for a funeral.
If you want to register as an organ donor
Organs and tissue donations are used to save or transform a person's life. And almost anyone can donate, including older people and those with chronic health conditions.
Find out more about organ donation at DonateLife.
End of Life Planner
An interactive guide to help you prepare for end of life tasks and documents before you meet with a professional advisor. This includes will preparation, Enduring Power of Attorney, Enduring Guardianship, funeral wishes and more.
You will need to log in to your MyServiceNSW Account to use the planner.
We're now directing you to log in to the Life Administrator – End of Life Planner. You'll need a MyServiceNSW Account to continue.
Why should I log in?
By logging in you're able to:
- start the planning process
- update and save your information whenever circumstances change
- find ways to get professional advice if you need it.