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In Times of Bereavement

In the unfortunate event that a person has passed away, there are three things that must be done in the first few days:

  1. Get a medical certificate from your GP or hospital doctor (this is necessary to register the death)
  2. Register the death within 5 days. You will then receive the necessary documents for the funeral.
  3. Make the necessary funeral arrangements.

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Register the Death

If the death has been reported to the Coroner they must give permission before registering the death.

You can register the death if you are a relative, a witness to the death, a hospital administrator or the person making the arrangements with the funeral directors.

You can use the Register a Death page on the website that will guide you through the process.

Arrange the Funeral

Using Someone Else to Arrange the Funeral

Choose a funeral director who is a member of one of the following:

  • National Association of Funeral Directors
  • National Federation of Funeral Directors
  • Society of Allied and Independent Funeral Directors

These organisations have codes of practice - they must give you a price list when asked.

Some local Councils run their own funeral services, for example for non-religious burials. The British Humanist Association can also help with non-religious funerals.

Arranging the Funeral Yourself

Contact the Cemeteries and Crematorium Department of your local council to arrange a funeral yourself.

Funeral Costs

Funeral costs can include:

  • Funeral Director fees
  • Things the funeral director pays for on your behalf (called disbursements or third party costs), for example crematorium or cemetery fees, or a newspaper announcement about the death
  • Local authority burial or cremation fees

Funeral directors may list all these costs in their quotes