It is increasingly popular to ask for donations to a charity either instead of, or in addition to, funeral flowers.
This request can be mentioned in the Funeral Notice, as “in lieu of flowers, donations to <My Choice of Charity>, would be appreciated.”
A good way of selecting the appropriate charity is to consider the life and/or death of the deceased. Consider if they regularly donated, raised funds or worked as a volunteer for a particular charity, good cause or community group.
More generally there are the charities supporting environmental, education, overseas aid or animal welfare causes.
Also consider the deceased’s cause of death, and the charities researching the medical condition that might have caused the death. There are also support groups for sufferers of most illnesses, suicide, road accident victims and child deaths.
Another deserving category can be the facility where the deceased was given palliative care or their final medical treatment.
Your funeral director will usually organise a donation box and envelopes to be easily accessible at the funeral service, and will pass any donations on to the family at the conclusion of the service. Don’t be disappointed if there is only a small amount of donations at the service, as many people will take the nominated charity’s envelope to donate ‘on-line’ or directly to the charity at a later date.