Arranging a funeral

The funeral can usually only take place after the death is registered.

Everyone assumes that when someone dies this is followed by a funeral service, but there is no legal obligation to have one. In fact, there are surprisingly few legalities surrounding death. The person who has died must be disposed of legally, which can only be done by cremation or burial, but there is no necessity to accompany this with a service or ceremony.

However, almost all cultures and religions observe funeral rites, recognising that these fulfil many emotional and spiritual needs. As well as being a last act of love and respect towards the person, it also gives family and friends a chance to say goodbye and express their grief, acknowledging the death, which is an essential part of the grieving process.

One of the first things to check is whether there is a pre-paid funeral plan in place. Not only will this cover most of the costs involved, but will also specify the wishes of the person who has died. Although you are under no obligation to follow their wishes, most executors would as a sign of respect.

Another consideration is the type of funeral you would like. This is a highly personal decision and offers a chance to celebrate the unique qualities of the person who has died. One of the first aspects to be decided is whether the funeral is to be a burial or cremation, and where and when you would like it to be held. The funeral director will make all enquiries for you, checking availability and confirming the arrangements.

Step by step guide

There are several steps in the Funeral Planning process you will have to consider. 

Types of funerals

There are a number of different types of funerals available. Which type of funeral service is right for your loved one?

What happens at a cremation service?

Cremations are fast becoming the norm in Britain with over 70% of families choosing this type of funeral.


When someone passes away in the UK, the process of repatriating someone to another country can be a complicated task for anyone to deal with. 

Religious Funerals

When a loved one passes away, it is important to consider what type of funeral they would have wanted.

Celebration of life ideas

More and more people are choosing a ‘celebration of life’ over a traditional funeral. If you are going to plan a celebration of life for a loved one.

Further Reading: Cost of a funeral

Find out about funeral costs and what financial support could be available