The ABC’s Of Funeral Fundraising

If you’ve recently suffered the loss of a loved one and are faced with organizing their funeral or are interested in setting up a memorial fund, the high costs may be overwhelming. The average cost of a funeral in the US is around $10,000. With this in mind, GiveHope is here to help ensure you are able to provide a funeral in honor of your loved one.

Creating a funeral fundraiser can help make this difficult time more about celebrating their life and less about cost.


Why would someone need to open a funeral fundraiser?

There are a number of reasons people may need help with funeral costs. The most common reasons are:

  • The deceased was suffering with a long-term illness. This often means that more than one income has been lost in the household. Most spouses and partners take on the responsibility to care for them, in most cases stop working to care for their loved one.
  • Medical costs associated with caring for their loved one surpassed any budget they had and are already facing financial hardships before adding funeral costs.
  • When people pass away from home, the costs of expatriation on top of the funeral exceeds any funeral budget many are prepared for.
  • When a loved one passes suddenly, it often times means a loss of income for an entire family. Worrying about money should be the last thing on a grieving families mind, which is why many use GiveHope to fundraise for funeral and memorial funds.
  • When a family is struggling financially, friends and family are the first people to want to help. Many funeral fundraisers are opened by a friend or family member to help alleviate any financial burden.


What information should I include in my funeral fundraiser?

Writing a funeral fundraiser story isn’t hard. It should acknowledge the loss of your loved one, express your pain, but also the joy their presence brought you. You should then explain how or why you need funds.

Keep in mind, that most of your donors will be family and friends – the people who knew your loved one – so you should direct your message to them.

Consider including the following details:

  • Full name
  • Date of death
  • Date and location of funeral
  • Circumstances of death
  • Photos that remind people of the person in better times

A funeral fundraiser is extremely personal, which is why you should reflect the type of person your loved one was. In the traditional sense, funerals are very serious formal affairs, but many people describe the funeral they’re fundraising for to be a celebration of a life lived, not a life ending.


How to ask for money in my funeral fundraiser?

No one likes to ask for money, but funeral fundraising is the easiest way to do it. Everyone knows funerals aren’t cheap and know you want to provide the best funeral you can for your loved one. But it’s important to note that everyone wants to help.

There are ways to ask for money without it sounding like you are asking for money. For example, you can say that you would like to accept donations in lieu of flowers. Or that you are creating a memorial fund and all donations will be donated to your loved one’s favorite charity.