The Process Of Funeral Planning

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Typically, when someone dies, the funeral planning process will begin as soon as possible. Generally, it is held around two weeks after the death, but this can change depending on the circumstances. It can be a stressful time, especially if you’ve never dealt with making these arrangements before. Here’s an outline of what to expect when someone dies and you’re in charge of organising a burial or cremation.

Registering The Death

Before any funeral planning takes place, it’s important to take care of the legal documents. This can be done through a register office who will be able to give you certification. The documents will include a green form that gives permission for a burial or lets you apply for cremation. 

Choose A Funeral Director

Funeral planning is a smooth process with help from the experts. You will have a consultation in which you can ask questions to ensure they can provide the ceremony you are looking for. Prices, by law, should be transparent so you don’t have to worry about hidden fees. Directors can help you from start to finish, providing valuable guidance during a tough time. They will ensure that everything is sorted out and nothing is missed whilst you’re going through a difficult situation.

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Wishes & Instructions

Before you make any decisions about the funeral planning process, you should check to see whether your loved one made any prior arrangements. Sometimes people start payment plans before their death and try to organise it in advance.

They might have also expressed their wishes on whether they want to be cremated or buried. This could be outlined in their will, or they might have had conversation with a close family member or friend before their death. Making decisions whilst funeral planning can feel like a lot of pressure. With calm, reliable and sympathetic directors, they can help advise you every step of the way.

Informing People Of The Funeral

In the event of someone’s death, it’s important to inform everyone who should know. Our Practical Advice outlines the relevant authorities, including solicitors, employers, and banks. You should also ensure extended family and friends are aware, as well as inviting them to the funeral if you choose to do so. This can be done directly if you know how to contact them. It’s quite common for people to invite mourners to the ceremony or wake in a newspaper or over Facebook.

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