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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.

Your local council can give you advice on arranging a funeral, buying burial plots, crematorium services and dealing with funeral costs.

Aberdeen City CouncilAberdeenshire CouncilAngus CouncilArgyll and Bute CouncilClackmannanshire CouncilComhairle nan Eilean Siar (Western Isles Council)Dumfries & Galloway CouncilDundee City CouncilEast Ayrshire CouncilEast Dunbartonshire CouncilEast Lothian CouncilEast Renfrewshire CouncilEdinburgh CouncilFalkirk CouncilFife CouncilGlasgow City CouncilHighland CouncilInverclyde CouncilMidlothian CouncilMoray CouncilNorth Ayrshire CouncilNorth Lanarkshire CouncilOrkney Islands CouncilPerth & Kinross CouncilRenfrewshire CouncilScottish Borders CouncilSouth Ayrshire CouncilSouth Lanarkshire CouncilShetland CouncilStirling CouncilWest Dunbartonshire CouncilWest 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.

Contact the Natural Death Centre for independent funeral advice.

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