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How to Start a Memorial Fund

While it’s customary to send flowers when someone passes away, more and more families are suggesting donations in lieu of flowers.

Memorial donations can be a great way to help cover funeral costs or other family expenses. Others choose to use memorial funds to raise money for a charity or other cause that was meaningful to the deceased.

Create a memorial fund

Paying for a funeral

With the average funeral costing around $9,000, many families struggle to cover funeral costs. While there are several ways to save money on a funeral, even the savviest families can feel financial pressure—which is horrible, especially when added to the grief of losing a loved one.

As a result many families choose to ask their friends and community members to consider making a donation to help cover funeral expenses in lieu of sending flowers.

Supporting a grieving family

Even if funeral expenses have been taken care of, many families would still benefit from some amount of financial support after a death, due to the burden medical expenses or the loss of an income stream or support system.

Just as with funeral expenses, it’s been becoming more and more common to set up memorial donations in lieu of flowers.

Memorial donations to charity

Other families choose to raise money for charity in lieu of flowers, as a way to continue the legacy of their loved one. Many people choose to donate to a charity that’s working to cure a disease related to the person’s death, such as cancer charities, heart disease charities, alzheimer’s charities, addiction charities and mental health charities. Donations to hospice organizations and hospitals are also common.

Others choose to raise money for causes that were particularly important to their loved one during the course of their life. Environmental groups, educational groups, religious groups, human rights groups, animal rights groups and many other charitable organizations can be great beneficiaries of a memorial donation campaign.

Creating a memorial fund

Regardless of what you want to raise money for, it’s easy to create a memorial fundraising campaign. Just follow these simple steps:

  1. Set up a memorial website on Ever Loved and share some basic information about the person who passed away. You may also choose to include an obituary, if you wish.

  2. Once you’ve created the page, select that you’d like to suggest donations in lieu of flowers. From there, select whether you’d like to collect personal donations or contributions to a charity.

  3. Enter information about the charitable or personal cause you’re raising money for, and share a little bit about why the cause is important. Save your changes.

  4. Optional: Add other information to the memorial website, like photos, funeral event information, your loved one’s final resting place and more.

  5. Easily share the memorial website with others via email, Facebook or by sharing the link. Friends and family members will be able donate directly through the memorial website, and the funds will be transferred to either you or the charity you’ve selected at the end of the memorial fundraising campaign.

Ready to raise money in someone’s memory?

Create a memorial fund

February 2019