Carrying out the arrangements yourself when someone has died

Making a start

Although a funeral director will be invited to organise the majority of funerals, some people prefer to make the arrangements themselves. You do not have to appoint a funeral director at all. You may like to carry out some of the duties yourself and appoint a funeral director for others or you may like to take over the whole process for a very personal approach.

We are committed to helping you arrange a funeral of your choice and have adopted the Charter for the Bereaved. We recognise that everyone is an individual and we invite you to come and discuss your personal requirements with us.

The information in this section sets out the main steps in the process from death to funeral and burial or cremation and how you can carry them out yourself. You may also want to visit our section on:

What to do when someone has died