Choosing a Funeral Director
You do not have to wait until the Medical Certificate of Cause of Death is issued. In some cases it may not be possible for the hospital doctor to issue a Medical Certificate of Cause of Death (ie if the death is referred to HM Coroner and a further investigation is needed).
A funeral can only take place after a death has been registered. Most people choose to use a funeral director, though you can arrange a funeral yourself. If you wish to arrange the funeral yourself, you can find useful information about how to do this on the National Death Centre Charity website.
When choosing a Funeral Director you should feel comfortable and confident with them. You can ask any Funeral Director for an estimated cost before making a commitment to use their services. It is reasonable to seek estimates from more than one company.
The Funeral Director needs to know and discuss with you:-
- The name, age and religion of the deceased
- The place of death and name of the doctor who has signed the Medical Certificate of Cause of Death
- Any particular requests left by the deceased
- If burial or cremation is required
- The style of coffin
- The type of service, hymns, cars, flowers, newspaper notices etc you would like
You could get a Funeral Payment if you are on a low income and need help to pay for a funeral you are arranging. How much you get depends on your circumstances. Click here to see if you qualify.
To compare prices of funeral directors in your area and for free independent advice about funerals you can visit Funeral Zone.
Please note that Wakefield Council no longer charge for a burial or cremation of a child under the age of 15 (inclusive). Kirklees Council no longer charge for a burial or cremation of a child under the age of 18.
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