Making funeral arrangements

Many families use a funeral director to advise on and undertake the funeral arrangements. Most are available seven days a week and are usually happy to visit you at home if you wish. You do not have to wait for the medical certificate of cause of death to be issued before you contact them.

Funeral directors advertise in local newspapers and phone directories. Most are also members of one of the funeral profession’s trade organisations, the National Association of Funeral Directors (NAFD) or the Society of Allied and Independent Funeral Directors (SAIF).

Funeral services or ceremonies may have a religious element and be traditional in their format. However, there is no requirement to hold a religious service. More and more families are turning to non-religious celebrants to conduct the funeral ceremony, or are undertaking this role themselves. What is most important is that the service has meaning for you.

Funeral directors can help you put together this service, or you can choose to do everything yourself. Indeed, you do not need to use a funeral director at all if you want to carry out the funeral yourself.  There are organisations that can advise you, or you can talk to a member of the bereavement care team here at the hospital.