Funeral Directors are usually very helpful with regard to any questions you may have and any special requests from the deceased as to how they wanted to be buried or cremated. The Undertakers will give you the cost of the funeral including the cost of the minister or person taking the funeral, cremation and burial costs etc.
If the deceased has made a will the cost of the funeral could be taken out of the estate or paid by the executors of the will. If you need help with the cost of arranging a funeral because you are on Benefits or a low income you may be able to claim Funeral Payment
After registering the death you may wish to make specific arrangements regarding the funeral including:
* putting a notice in the paper
* deciding upon flowers (some people ask for donations to charity instead of flowers, this may be specified in the will)
* payment of any fees involved
* arrangements for the reception and refreshments after the service.
You will need to consult with the minister regarding the Eulogy. Make a brief timeline of the person's life and include details of any family, previous work and interests. Speak to close family and friends to see if they would like to include anything and whether they would wish to take part in the service, for example by reading a prayer.
Buying a Grave/ Burial Plot
Normally your funeral director will assist with buying a grave. However, you can also contact your local Council and religious leaders may also be able to help.
Your funeral director may also be able to help with a memorial or headstone. Before committing yourself to anything you should check with your local council or owner of the cemetry or crematorium to ensure that it meets their requirements.