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Arranging the funeral yourself

Most people use a funeral director, though you can arrange a funeral yourself.

A funeral you arrange yourself can be more personal and less expensive. You'll have to organise more things yourself, like making arrangements with a cemetery or crematorium.

Contact your local council for advice on arranging a funeral, buying burial plots, crematorium services and dealing with funeral costs.

Aberdeen City Council Aberdeenshire Council Angus Council Argyll and Bute Council Clackmannanshire Council Comhairle nan Eilean Siar (Western Isles Council) Dumfries & Galloway Council Dundee City Council East Ayrshire Council East Dunbartonshire Council East Lothian Council East Renfrewshire Council Edinburgh Council Falkirk Council Fife Council Glasgow City Council Highland Council Inverclyde Council Midlothian Council Moray Council North Ayrshire Council North Lanarkshire Council Orkney Islands Council Perth & Kinross Council Renfrewshire Council Scottish Borders Council South Ayrshire Council South Lanarkshire Council Shetland Council Stirling Council West Dunbartonshire Council West Lothian Council

Buying a coffin

You can buy a coffin from an undertaker or have one specially made. Some funeral directors can supply you a coffin and help deal with the paperwork.

If you're arranging a cremation yourself, make sure the coffin is suitable as not all materials are appropriate.

You can find out more online, or contact the Natural Death Centre for independent funeral advice.

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