The Perfect Commemoration of your Life

    At first it seems uncomfortable to even think about it, but pre-planning your own funeral is an extremely thoughtful and positive thing to do. You can take heart knowing that your loved ones are aware of your wishes, and they’ll take huge comfort in celebrating your life in exactly the way you wanted, instead of trying to make difficult decisions at a hugely emotional time.

    A sense of relief

    Families who are grieving want more than anything to respect the wishes of the person they’ve just lost. It’s common for people to worry that they haven’t made the right decisions, and these doubts add to their already intense feelings of anguish and sadness. By planning ahead, you’ll give them confidence and consolation that they’ve honoured you in the perfect way. Families coping with loss also have to deal with lots of stressful administrative and legal tasks at a time when they’re grieving and can’t even think clearly – any pre-planning you do will offer them huge relief when the time comes.

    How to approach pre-planning

    Planning your own funeral means the small things that matter most to you are included, but where do you even start? It sounds daunting and the idea of it might make you feel a little nervous or even upset at first, but our guides are designed to make it easier for you.

    Pre-Planning Your Own Funeral

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    Planning a Sudden Funeral

    Pre-Planning a Funeral with Your Loved One

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    We’re honoured to guide you on your journey

    Whatever funeral plan feels right for you, you can be confident that Dublin Cemeteries Trust will honour and care for you in the final celebration of your life. We’ve been providing funeral services to people of all religions and none since 1828, and we would be honoured to carry out your wishes when the time comes.

    Each of our locations offers a beautiful, unique and peaceful setting, and our approach is continuously evolving so that we can offer both time-honoured traditions and contemporary options with equal expertise. Our experienced and compassionate staff at all five locations are always happy to answer any questions you may have, so please feel free to contact them.

    We have also created a template here to help you document your funeral wishes which you can share with your loved ones. If you'd like an editable version of this guide, please email

    Why Pre Plan?

    Peace of mind

    By pre-planning and making your wishes clear, those who love you most will have the peace of mind that comes from knowing they are truly honoring your intentions. Pre-planning will relieve your family of painful decisions and additional uncertainty, giving them time to focus on celebrating your life.

    Your life, your legacy

    A meaningful service is an important part of the grieving process, and for many people provides a sense of solace, connection and closure. Music, readings and even epitaphs can all be planned ahead to reflect the life you live and the people who matter most. Plan the service you want, for everyone you love.

    What next?

    The decision to pre plan is deeply personal. Discuss with your loved ones and when you are ready to learn more, or to start the pre-planning process, contact our experienced team by phone or email.

    T: +353 (0)1 882 6500

    Further Information

    Learn more about what is involved in pre planning, including the options available, locations, prices and memorials.