Arranging a funeral for your loved one

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The death of a loved one can be devastating, and arranging their funeral during such a difficult time is one of the hardest things we have to do in life.

It is not something anyone would choose to face and, along with the distress and upset, it can leave the bereaved feeling disorientated.

But if the responsibility falls on your shoulders, there are a few things to know that could ease the funeral-planning burden.

First of all you will need to get a medical certificate from the hospital, if that is where the death occurred, or from the deceased’s doctor.

You will need the certificate, along with the deceased’s medical card and any war pension book, to register the death (in the district in which death occurred) within five days.

You will then be given a death certificate and other documents you need to be able to arrange the funeral.

For a small fee, you can obtain a copy of death certificate, which you may need to sort out other things such as pension claims, insurance policies and savings certificates.

When it comes to arranging the funeral, you will need to make early decisions about whether it will be a burial or cremation.

You also need to decide where it will take place – in a church, cremation chapel, cemetery chapel, graveside, or somewhere completely different, and whether it will be a religious or humanist service.

Whatever your requirements, choose a reputable funeral director who can accommodate your wishes.

Also, try to compare prices and services offered, and choose an undertaker who is a member of either the National Association of Funeral Directors or the Society of Allied and Independent Funeral Directors.

Both organisations have codes of practice and members will have to give you a price list when asked.