A funeral can usually only take place after you register the death. Most people use a funeral director but you can arrange a funeral yourself if you wish.
A non-religious funeral (also known as a civil funeral) may be held anywhere except for religious buildings and churches. Cremation or burial is in a non-religious burial ground.
Choose a funeral director who's a member of either:
- National Association of Funeral Directors
- The National Society of Allied and Independent Funeral Directors (SAIF)
These organisations have codes of practice and they must give you a price list when asked.
Arranging the funeral yourself
You can arrange a funeral without a funeral director. The Weymouth and Portland Bereavement Service can offer advice on this. There is information about arranging a funeral yourself on The Natural Death Centre website.
Help paying for a funeral
You could get a Funeral Expenses Payment if you get certain benefits and need help to pay for a funeral you're arranging.