Where to start when planning a funeral

Most of us will end up investigating funerals at some point. Planning a funeral involves countless decisions that have to be made by the organiser that can be baffling, terrifying, weird, overwhelming, devastating whilst incredibly important. If you are ever called on to arrange a funeral for someone you love, here are the basics of what you need to know.

First off, visit gov.uk

Explains what processes need to be carried out when a person dies and identifies the legal things you are required to do

The good funeral guide

Plenty of good information on different types of funerals and what each involves, plus advice on Funeral Directors

The Natural Death Society

Take the time to have a really good read of this site as it covers pretty much everything you need to know, including what is involved in organising a typical funeral as well as guidance if you want to eschew some of the funeral director’s services and take on the organisation yourself for a more personal and unique celebration of a person’s life.

My wonderful life

Provides answers and inspiration from how to do a burial at sea, to how to save money on funeral expenses to what to actually do when someone dies.

Funeral inspirations

Offering objective ideas, dispelling myths and generally helping people understand that funerals do not have to be the “conveyor belt” format that is so often the experience today, this site offers a comprehensive catalogue of ideas and information, businesses, books and relevant organisations.


Originally published at valedictory.co on June 23, 2016.

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