Purchasing a prepaid funeral plan gives people the opportunity to include a lot of detail about their own send-off. Many of our clients like to select the type of clothes they wish to be buried or cremated in as part of the specifics of their funeral plan.

For many, it can be important to wear something of significance from their lifetime. For some it’s a chance to pick out the type of attire that suits them best.

If they’re to remain for a period in a chapel of rest after their death, where family and friends will visit, many wish to ensure they leave a lasting impression before their send-off so they are remembered in a particular way.

A person’s body is often embalmed and then dressed and groomed, before being laid out in their coffin. In some cultures this process is an important religious ritual for them and their loved ones.

There are differences between what can be used to dress the deceased according to their wishes to be buried or cremated. If they have chosen a green or woodland burial different rules apply again.

In this article we look at those differences and answer some questions that we are asked frequently by people purchasing a funeral plan, such as ‘what do I wear at my own funeral?’

We also reflect on few of the personal choices people make when documenting the clothes they’d like to be dressed in for their funeral.

Everything is up to them when organising their final farewell through a prepaid funeral plan with Rest Assured.


Who dresses the deceased for a funeral?

In almost every case the process of dressing the deceased is undertaken by a funeral director. They are skilled and experienced in dressing a body that has undergone natural changes after death. After referring to a Rest Assured funeral plan they will contact the family of the departed with details of the right clothes for their funeral service.


Which clothes are best for a burial?

When a person is to be given a traditional burial after their funeral service almost any item of clothing and accessories including shoes, glasses and jewellery can be used to dress their body. While burial robes or a burial gown in cotton, wool or hemp are the most traditional type of clothing for internment, most often today people opt for more modern attire.


Which clothes are best for a cremation?

Cremation clothes differ from burial clothes because many items cannot be cremated for health, safety and environmental reasons. Spectacles, watches, shoes with rubber soles and treated leather items are ecologically harmful when cremated. Clients who choose cremation as part of their prepaid funeral plan may request these items be removed and returned by a crematorium.


What clothes are best for a green or woodland burial?

Green and woodland burial grounds have strict guidelines about what clothes are okay for a natural burial. Artificial materials in elastic waistbands, nylon threads, synthetic linings, plastic or metal zips and buttons are not permitted. Clothes and coffins must be biodegradable. Typically the body will be dressed in a cotton, wool or hemp gown that will decompose.


What types of clothes are appropriate for the deceased?

After considerations are made in accordance with a choice to be buried or cremated, there is little to restrict people from choosing the clothes they wish to be dressed in after death. The regular attire of a formal suit is most usual, but many people choose sports kit from their favourite or local club, a military uniform, wedding dress, biking leathers or even pyjamas and a dressing gown.


For more information about Rest Assured Funeral Plans and how we ensure every customer is happy with the funeral plan they buy, please contact Rest Assured Plans on 0800 065 4514