Fundraising Ideas for Funerals and Memorials

Gregory A. Ward,Sr.Did you know that average expense of a funeral in the United States of America could go up to $8,000 or $10,000? Also, most families lack enough funds to plan these funerals. While cremation can be a marginally less expensive option as compared to a conventional burial, it is nevertheless a huge financial burden on a family that is grieving.

Here are some easy fundraising ideas that can help facilitate a funeral or memorial service for a less-privileged family:

Organize a Memorial Dinner

This is one of the simplest ways of raising money for a funeral or memorial. It also brings together family and friends when a loved one has passed away. When hosting a memorial dinner, you could request the guests to donate food and beverages and also keep a donation jar which allows individuals to make contributions throughout the dinner.


For those seeking an easy, yet effective option to raise funds for a funeral or memorial, crowdfunding is definitely worth a consideration. In crowdfunding, you can make use of social media and share your personal story with the world. This could potentially help raise sufficient money in a very short period of time. In addition to this, you can easily and quickly set up a crowdfunding page and focus on the more critical things while the funds are being automatically raised.

Merchandise Sale

To add fuel to the crowdfunding campaign, you can also consider selling merchandise, such as hats and t-shirts, to raise funds for the funeral/memorial of your loved one. These clothing and accessory pieces can be adorned for various fundraising events such as a walk or run or even at the memorial service. Customize the t-shirts with a picture, graphic or slogan that celebrates the spirit of your loved one.

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