How to raise money for a funeral

runners at a funeral fundraising event

From online crowdfunding to community events, there are many ways of raising money for funeral costs. Here are some easy and inspiring fundraising ideas you can use.

Organise a funeral fundraiser in the community

A community fundraiser can be a great way to bring family and friends together to celebrate the life of the person who has died. At the same time, you’ll be raising money for the funeral.

Popular funeral fundraising ideas:

Try crowdfunding for funeral expenses

Crowdfunded funerals are becoming more and more popular. And it’s easy to see why. Websites like GoFundMe and JustGiving make fundraising for a funeral much easier. It’s also a good way to reach people all over the world.

To use a fundraising website, you’ll need to set up a page that explains what you’re raising money for and how much you want to raise. Once you’ve created your page people can donate securely online, using the website. You’ll then receive the funds to your account, ready for you to withdraw. You can set up your funeral fundraising page in just a few minutes.

To get the most out of your online funeral fundraiser:

How to word a funeral fundraiser

It can feel awkward asking other people for money – even if it’s for a good cause. Here are a few tips to help you word your request:

Share your fundraising efforts

Social media is a great way to reach friends and family all around the world. So make sure you share the details of your funeral fundraising on platforms like Facebook and Instagram, and ask friends and family to do the same.

You could also send out details of your fundraiser by email. GoFundMe has some useful email templates you can edit and use to help you raise money.

More ways to fund a funeral

While fundraising can be a great way to help you pay for a funeral, you may be able to access other funds too:

Looking for more help with paying for a funeral? You’ll find more info on funeral costs in our advice hub.