Organising a funeral can be daunting, especially if you have never done it before.
Unless your faith or personal spirituality requires it, there is no great hurry to set a funeral date. Taking time will allow you to assess your budget, discuss your plans for the funeral and raise any deposit.
When organising a funeral, it is important to think about a number of things, including:
- Whether you would prefer to use a funeral director or organise it all or partially yourself
- How much it will cost and if there are ways of reducing the cost
- Whether you would prefer a cremation or burial
- Where and when you want it to take place
- How you will pay for it – please see our guide to raising funds
You will also need to think about registering the death and letting people know; there is more information on this in our guide to Practicalities after a death.
Did you know?
If you do not have the funds to pay for a funeral you can approach the local council where the person died and ask for a public health funeral. If the person died in hospital, speak to the bereavement office there first. See our page on public health and hospital funerals for more information.
If using a funeral director, check if they will charge you extra if the body is in their care for longer than a set period of time.
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