Losing a loved one can leave us devastated. At a time when we have the fewest resources for practical planning, we often find ourselves needing to plan and pay for a funeral or memorial service. But planning these events can be time-consuming, emotionally draining—and for many people, prohibitively expensive.
There are several ways that people raise funds for funerals and memorial services. Some attempt to raise funds from, or share costs, with, friends and family as part of the event itself. For example, a family may host a celebration of life event, or a dinner where the favorite foods of the lost loved one are served, rather than a more traditional memorial, and ask friends and family members to bring food, host the event in their home, or otherwise help reduce costs. But for many people, the combined stresses of grieving and of taking the time and energy to individually ask friends and family to contribute in this way can be draining.
Crowdfunding can help
Crowdfunding is one of the most effective ways to raise money for funerals and memorials, or for any kind of memorial event. It allows people to contribute as much as they are comfortable with, give anonymously if they choose to do so, and even share the fundraiser with others to help raise more funds. Your fundraiser page also serves as a virtual gathering place for those who knew and cared for the person being memorialized—a place to share stories and leave supportive messages.
Many people have turned to YouCaring to raise funds for a funeral or memorial service. We make it easy to tap into your social network (including Facebook) and the YouCaring community. You can start withdrawing funds as soon as they’re donated and, unlike other crowdfunding sites, we won’t take a penny of the funds you raise, instead relying on voluntary tips from donors to help us provide a free crowdfunding platform for those facing hardship.
If you or your family needs to raise funds for a funeral or memorial, YouCaring can help you start a free fundraiser.