How to arrange a funeral without using the services of a funeral director
Advice if you're considering arranging a funeral
It is often assumed that a funeral for cremation or burial can only be arranged with the services of a Funeral Director. This is not the case, but the Funeral Director will undertake many of the requirements that help make the process of paperwork and practical arrangements feel less of a burden.
The only legal requirements are:
- the death must be certified and registered within the registration district for the area where death occurred
- the correct statutory paperwork is produced at least three workings days before the funeral can take place
- the body must be buried or cremated
If you're considering arranging a funeral for a deceased person, we suggest that you carefully read our Arranging a Funeral without a Funeral Director guide before reaching a decision. You can find this guide in our document downloads below.