Funeral Planning

Funeral planning is becoming an increasingly more popular option. It can be hugely beneficial for your loved ones, taking away much of the stress that they might otherwise have to deal with when you pass away.

Often it is our loved ones that are left to pay the costs of a funeral. Funeral planning allows you pay for your own funeral in advance – either in full or as instalments over an extended period of time. Not only will your loved ones not have to pay a penny, but you could beat rising funeral prices by securing a payment now. The financial benefits are one of the major reasons as to why people seek out funeral planning.

Another big advantage is that it allows you to specify all your wishes, saving your family the difficult task of making this decision for you. You can plan out every detail of your funeral from whether you’d like to be buried or cremated to the music/hymns that you’d like played during the service. This can offer many people a peace of mind – your loved ones don’t have to worry about planning your funeral and you can rest assured that your funeral will go exactly as you’d like it to.

At Nicholas O’Hara, we offer our clients The Independent Way Funeral Plan courtesy of Golden Charter. By using a third party to protect your money, it ensures that your money is kept secure until your death – even if the worst was to happen to our company, you won’t lose your money. The Independent Way Funeral Plan is one of the most trusted funeral plans in the country and Anthony O’Hara has been heavily involved in its growth as a member of the SAIF charter National Executive.

So long as the full amount of your funeral costs has been paid before your death, you can be certain that all your specified wishes will be met. We understand that people may decide to change their plans at a later stage and so we allow amendments to be made (if these require additional payments, we will let you know).

When discussing funeral plans, we like to meet up with our clients so that we can discuss all the options in depth. Funerals are becoming bigger and bigger events and we want to ensure that every detail has been covered. We can offer a quote in writing if required and we are able to accept multiple forms of payment.

Some people prefer to pay the full amount up front. In such cases, we accept cheque, debit and credit card.

For those that want to pay it over a longer period, we offer a 12 month interest free direct debit plan. On top of this, we all offer longer instalment options ranging from 2 to 30 years – these instalment options do come with interest, which can vary depending on your age at the time of purchase.

Nicholas O’Hara works with a number of charities. We donate some proceeds from all of our funeral plans to Julia’s House via Golden Charter – this money goes to helping the Children’s Hospice. We also donate money to the RBL Poppy Appeal.

Funeral Planning Dorset

Our funeral plans are available to anyone living in Dorset. We operate from multiple locations across the county – our three funeral homes are located in Wimborne, Verwood and West Moors. We have a good knowledge of the surrounding areas and may be able to help when choosing where to plan your burial or cremation

We pride ourselves for being one of the most reputable companies in the region. In fact, Nicholas O’Hara have been awarded the Golden Charter Regional Funeral Planners of the Year Award on multiple occasions (we’re the first company to win the award three years running in 2010, 2011 and 2012).

You’ll find a trusted team of staff at all of our funeral homes. Our funeral directors are experienced and very knowledgeable, allowing them to help you with any concerns you may have. You can find more information on our team on our site.

Funeral Planning Bournemouth

Our original premises is located in Wimborne, which is just north of Bournemouth. It was here that we started our family business in 1974 – we have since branched out setting up another two funeral homes. Our head offices currently reside within our Wimborne premises.

If you live in Bournemouth and would like to use our funeral planning services, we encourage you to visit us at our funeral home in Wimborne. Our funeral home has disabled access and facilities, a chapel of rest and family arranging rooms for all your needs.

You can find out more information on how to get to our Wimborne funeral home here on our site. To discuss any queries, don’t hesitate to call us at 01202 882134 or send us an email at



What we do?


For a more detailed look at our Funerals Services please use the links below

Burials & Cremations

Choosing a Burial or Cremation is an important part of the funeral process.

Funeral Products

Giving families more choices in remembering a loved one.

Current Funerals

View our current funerals and find a service by name or location.

Customer Reviews

See what our customers have to say about our service.

Pre-Paid Funeral Plans

Pre-arrange your funeral with our popular Funeral Planning service.

News / Blog

Read the latest news and updates from Nicholas O'Hara Funeral Directors.


If you have any questions or wish to discuss how we can help you or your family please get in touch

Wimborne (Head Ofice)

38 Rowlands Hill

01202 882134


5 The Old Pottery
Manor Way

01202 824961

West Moors

128 Station Road
West Moors

01202 895875


38 Seamoor Road

01202 612110


14 Neighbourhood
Culliford Crescent
Canford Heath
BH17 9DW

01202 612210

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