What can you put in a coffin for cremation?
A lot of people choose to put something special in their loved one’s coffin, but not everything’s allowed. So what can you include and what should you leave out?Read more
Can you legally stop someone coming to a funeral?
Generally, funerals are public events and there isn’t a way to legally ban someone. But as the organiser, you do have the right to ask a difficult relative not to come.Read more
How much does a funeral cost?
A funeral in the UK can cost up to £10,000 depending on the type of service you want. At an average of £5,000, a traditional burial is the most expensive option, while a direct cremation is the cheapest.Read more
What is next of kin?
Next of kin is the term used to describe your closest living relative, such as your spouse or civil partner. The UK does not have laws around who you can name as your next of kin, but there are specific rules for who takes responsibility when someone dies.Read more
Funeral planning checklist
When you’re organising a funeral for someone close to you, it can feel like there’s a lot to do at an emotional time. Breaking it down into smaller tasks may help you keep track of where you are with your planning.Read more
A memorial can be something to look at or hold, a special place you visit, a one-off event, or something you do regularly (a ritual).Read more
Can you have a tree coffin burial?
A tree pod burial means burying a body in a capsule in the earth and planting a tree above it. The idea is still in development and not available in the UK yet.Read more
How to invite people to a funeral
Your loved one’s circle of friends and the size of the funeral you’re holding will influence how you notify people. It’s likely to be a mix of phone calls, emails and social media.Read more
How long does it take to organise a funeral?
Typically it takes one to two weeks to arrange a funeral. Getting the paperwork sorted, gathering family together in one place and making choices about the service are some of the things that affect the time it takes.Read more
Can you have a photographer at a funeral?
There’s a growing number of professional funeral photographers, and it’s perfectly fine to hire one if it feels right for you and your family.Read more
How to claim a Funeral Expenses Payment
Here we explain how the UK government can support you if you’re struggling to pay for a funeral, with guidance on how to apply.Read more