A funeral can usually only take place after the death is registered.
Funeral directors provide a 24 hour service and will come to your home if you are unable to go to their office. They can also arrange for flowers, put a notice in the local paper and, if you require, contact local clergy or other faith or belief organisations.
When you’re arranging the funeral, it is important to know the likely cost, and when and who is responsible for paying it.
Click here for information on the Money Advice Service website.
You can apply for a Funeral Payment if you have difficulty paying for the funeral.
You can ask any funeral director for an estimated cost in advance of making a commitment to using their services. You may like to consider obtaining more than one estimate, so that you are comfortable and confident with the funeral director you have chosen.
Most people use a funeral director, though you can arrange a funeral yourself.
If you decide to use a funeral director, you will need to give them the Certificate for Burial or Cremation from the Registrar.