There are a number of things to consider when organising a funeral. The following checklist is provided to assist you with the funeral process:

Final body of disposition – For example would your loved one prefer cremation or burial? Consider what is also written in their will. 

Consider your budget – How much you can afford or was provided to fund the funeral service.

Consider religious requirements – each religion and culture has different ways to remember a loved one. Take these into account when planning the funeral or memorial service. 

Choose a date – The funeral service doesn’t have to be within the week of the person’s death. You can schedule it at a time of your choosing. It’s important to pick a date where you can be given enough time to do preparations and enough time for relatives and friends to plan their own schedule so they can attend.

Pick a theme – When you pick a theme, think of the life of the deceased. How would the person like to be remembered? What were the best qualities of the person? What were their passions and interests? These can help you decide on the theme and the location of the service, too.

Select a location – The location depends on four things: your theme, the number of attendees, convenience of the attendees, and budget considerations. Funeral services can be held at a cemetery chapel, in funeral homes, churches or other event places. The theme can help you decide on your location. If the deceased loved the ocean for example, then you may wish to organise a service at the beach.

Create the Program (order of service) – Make a plan that lists down the activities of the service in chronological order. Appoint a funeral celebrant or assign an program leader who will ensure that the order of service gets followed. The program may be printed on a card or on a special paper to serve as a guide for your guests. 

Choose the pallbearers – If there will be a burial, choose the pallbearers and contact them with instructions.

Select the eulogist and speakers – You will also need to decide who the speakers will be and inform them several days before the service to give them time to prepare.

Choose the right funeral songs for the service.

Collect photos and memories – photos and other memorabilia adds a nice touch to display at the service. If you want to make the process of creating memory books easier and more interactive, try an online memory book or online memorial that the those close to the loved one can easily access. 

Decide on catering – It is important to let attendees know whether food will be served or if guests are encouraged to contribute a dish. 

Select a Funeral Director – You don’t have to settle on a funeral director right away. Take some time to plan the funeral, request quotes, prices and reviews before settling on a shortlist of around two to five.

Publish an obituary or tribute notice – announce the details of the funeral in a notice and post a tribute to your loved one in the local or national newspaper publication or privately amongst friends and family. You can indicate here the basic event details (time, date and venue), event attire, a short write-up about the person who died, and special requests from the family. For example, if you wish to request charitable donations instead of flowers, you may specify that in the notice.

About eziFunerals

eziFunerals supports individuals and families cope with end of life decisions, death and funerals. We are an independent, Australian-owned and operated company. We are not part of any other funeral company.

Our member Funeral Directors are chosen for their knowledge, quality, service, personalisation and experience. They go above and beyond, and will take the time to support the family.

For more information or to make contact with a trusted Independent funeral director, call eziFunerals on 1300 236 402 or visit


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Peter Erceg is the Owner and Founder of eziFunerals. He has had a long history within the funeral industry, and is a published author of ‘What Kind Of Funeral: A self help guide to planning a meaningful funeral’. Prior to eziFunerals, Peter worked in the public sector and health industry for more than 30 years. The views and opinions expressed on posts are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of eziFunerals and members.