Find a funeral director
Funeral directors have experience organising different types of funeral and can suggest ideas for you to consider. They'll deal with the cemetery or crematorium for you so you won't have to.
Most funeral directors are a member of one of the following:
National Association of Funeral Directors
0121 711 1343 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm)
Society of Allied and Independent Funeral Directors
01279 726 777
These organisations have codes of practice – they must give you an estimate of funeral costs when asked. This estimate will include what's called a 'basic simple funeral' plus any other services you ask for.
A basic simple funeral includes a coffin and hearse. It doesn't include things like church or crematorium fees, flowers or newspaper notices.
You may want to talk to more than one funeral director so you can compare prices. There are also price comparison websites available.
If you're not happy with a funeral director service
You can complain to: