How to Arrange a Funeral When Someone Dies
Arrangements for the funeral usually take place once the death certificate has been signed. It is common for most people to seek the services of a funeral director, however you may also arrange the funeral yourself.
The average cost of a funeral director is around £2,500. If you are using a funeral director, you should choose one who is a member of either:
- National Association of Funeral Directors (external link)
- The National Society of Allied and Independent (external link)
Both of these organisations follow codes of practice such as requiring funeral directors to provide clear pricing.
A funeral director offers a long list of services. Some examples of what they do include:
- Handling and submitting all the paperwork and legal documents, including registering the death.
- Dealing with the deceased’s personal affairs and estate.
- The arrangements for the funeral, such as providing a basic coffin, the transportation of the body and organising of a ceremony.
Arranging the funeral yourself
Family and friends of the bereaved may arrange the funeral themselves. To do so, you should get in contact with the Wrexham Register Office.
The costs of arranging a funeral can include:
- Funeral director fees
- Local authority fees, such as burial or cremation fees
- Cemetery fees
- Headstone or plaque
- Newspaper announcement or obituary
- Ceremony at local church or place of worship
- Catering for guests
- Papersheets with hymns
A funeral director should be able to cover several of these costs within their budget.
Information extracted from Perfect Funeral Plans.
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