The funeral can usually only take place after the death has been registered. Most people use a funeral director, though you can arrange a funeral yourself.
You can get more than 1 quote to compare costs. You should choose a funeral director who’s a member of either:
Both organisations have codes of practice and members must give you a price list when asked.
Arranging the funeral yourself
Contact the Cemeteries and Crematorium Department of your local council to arrange a funeral yourself.
Funeral costs can include:
- funeral director fees
- things the funeral director pays for on your behalf (called ‘disbursements’ or ‘third-party costs’) - eg 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 quote.
Paying for a funeral
The funeral can be paid for:
- from a financial scheme the person had - eg a pre-paid funeral plan or insurance policy
- by you, or other family members or friends
- with money from the person’s estate (eg savings) - getting access to this is called applying for a ‘grant of representation’(sometimes called ‘applying for probate’)
You can apply for a Funeral Payment if you have difficulty paying for the funeral.
Moving a body out of England or Wales
You need permission from a coroner to move a body for a funeral abroad. Apply at least 4 days before you want the body to be moved.
Find a local coroner using the Coroners’ Society of England and Wales website.