Arranging a funeral can seem a daunting task.

We have compiled a list of steps to take and things to consider below.

If you need help or advice about Probate matters then we can help.

Call us on 0800 3 10 11 12 today

Arranging a funeral can seem a daunting task. We have compiled a list of steps to take and things to consider below. If you need help or advice about Probate matters then we can help. Call us on 0800 3 10 11 12 today or contact us online.


After registering the death, which must be done within 5 days, you then need to arrange the funeral.

Choose a local, independent undertaker who is registered with the National Association of Funeral Directors or the National Society of Allied and Independent Funeral Directors (SAIF).

Undertakers who are part of these organisations have to follow certain codes of practice. For example, they are required to provide a price list for their services when asked.

Have The Death Certificate And Disposal Certificate Ready

Make sure you have obtained the Death Certificate and Disposal Certificate from the Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages before trying to organise the funeral.

Check The Will

The deceased’s Will needs to be checked to see if there are any special instructions for the funeral.

Prepaid Funeral Plans

Check the deceased’s paperwork to see if there are any papers that indicate whether the deceased may have prepaid for their funeral.

What Decisions Have To Be Made About The Funeral

  • Whether you want the body to be buried or cremated;
  • Where the funeral should start from and when it is to take place;
  • Whether there should be a religious service – where it should be held, who should conduct it;
  • Whether you want flowers (and what happens to them after the service) or a charity donation;
  • Whether to place an announcement of the death in a national or local newspaper;
  • If cremated, what should happen to the deceased’s ashes;
  • Whether you wish for a memorial plaque to be placed anywhere;
  • Your chosen funeral director will help and advise you about the formalities and any problems.

Responsibility For Payment Of Undertakers Fees

If you arrange the funeral, you must pay for it although you can reclaim the costs from the deceased’s estate.  If there are insufficient assets in the deceased’s estate, then an application can be made to the Department for Work and Pensions.

Payment Of Undertakers Fees

Often it is possible to contact the bank or building society and present them with the undertaker’s invoice and they will arrange to issue a cheque payable to the undertaker.

Also, if you instruct solicitors to deal with the administration of the estate, they will sometimes arrange to pay the invoice as soon as some funds become available.

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