Guide

Arranging a funeral
Last updated: 8 July 2019

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.

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.