Seven Ways to Personalise a Funeral 

Funerals come in all shapes and sizes. When saying goodbye to a loved one, you want to ensure that the funeral service is both meaningful and memorable for the guests coming to remember the life of the deceased. Some may want the occasion to be about mourning and loss, and others may prefer to make the occasion a celebratory gathering to remember the wonderful life of their loved one. There are several ways you can personalise a funeral to make it moving for the guests in attendance.


Selecting the right flowers for a funeral requires careful thought. If the deceased had a  favourite flower, a nice gesture would be to display their favourite flowers in the building where the funeral service is taking place. At Funerals on a Budget, we can offer add-on floral tributes on a price on application basis. Contact us to find out more details.

Charitable donations 

In place of flowers, some families may ask for charitable donations from mourners. This will typically be outlined in an obituary notice or in the funeral invitation sent out before the service. The close family of the deceased will appreciate any donations made, no matter their size. After all, it is the thought that counts. Don’t worry if you can’t give much money; all donations are beneficial.


It is customary to play songs that the deceased enjoyed listening to. The deceased may have told their loved ones the music they would like to play at their funeral before they passed away. If they did not specify what music they would like, here are some common  funeral song choices that may suit:

  • We’ll Meet Again by Vera Lynn
  • My Heart Will Go On by Celine Dion
  • Angels by Robbie Williams
  • Hallelujah by Jeff Buckley


Some people instruct their loved ones that they want their funeral to focus on a celebration of their life rather than a mourning of their death. They may opt for upbeat music that their friends and family can enjoy as they celebrate the life of their deceased family member.

Ask funeral guests to not wear black 

While black attire is typical for funerals, some may want to celebrate the life of the individual who has died. Guests can do this by wearing an item of clothing that reminds them of the deceased, bright colours or a sports shirt of their favourite team.

Book of remembrance 

Invite the mourners to write memories they have of the deceased in a book of remembrance.  It is a meaningful way to remember some of the best moments people have experienced with their departed loved one.

Decorate the coffin 

If the individual who has died was military personnel or a fan of a particular sports team,  draping a flag or team crest over their coffin is a nice way to remember them and personalise their coffin.

Write a eulogy

A eulogy is a funeral speech that gives mourners an opportunity to pay tribute to the person who has died. A eulogy is a good way to personalise a funeral as it typically sums up their life and accomplishments. By writing a personal and heartfelt eulogy, you can share your favourite memories and experiences with funeral guests.

Funerals on a Budget offers affordable, quality and professional funerals that do not compromise on the care of your loved one. If you are looking to organise a simple but meaningful funeral, contact us today, and a member of our experienced team will be on hand to help you.


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