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From arranging a funeral to coping with bereavement.
Frequently Asked Questions
What should I do when someone dies?
When someone dies you need to get a Medical Certificate of Cause of Death from a doctor, register their death and choose a funeral director to arrange their funeral. The Registration Office will give you a Death Certificate and Certificate for Burial or Cremation (GR021 in Northern Ireland).Read more: What to do when someone dies
How do you arrange a funeral?
You can arrange a funeral by choosing a funeral director who will help you organise all of the details. They can help you decide whether to have a cremation or burial and what type of service to choose, as well as additional options, such as music and flowers. You can find out what happens at a funeral and compare funeral directors on Funeral Guide.Read more: Arranging a funeral
How do I choose a funeral director?
You can compare funeral directors in your local area on Funeral Guide. Funeral Guide features over 80,000 independent reviews of funeral directors, as well as comprehensive pricing of funeral director services. You can search by town, city or postcode to find the best funeral director for you.Read more: How to choose a funeral director
What are disbursements?
Disbursements are additional costs for a funeral service that are paid to third-parties, such as florists, celebrants and burial fees. The funeral director will usually charge you for them and then pay the suppliers themselves.Read more: Planning a funeral service
How much does a funeral cost?
The average funeral in the UK costs £4,184 for a basic service. Cremations are cheaper than burials, with the average cremation costing £3,885 whereas a burial will cost £5,033 on average.Read more: The cost of a funeral
How can I get help with funeral costs?
If the cost of a funeral is not covered by a prepaid funeral plan, or the estate of the person who has died, you may be able to get financial help from the government’s Bereavement Support Payment or from War Disablement Pensions, charitable funds or budgeting loans.Read more: How to get help with funeral costs
How do I handle the estate of my loved one?
Managing the estate of a loved one who has died can be very daunting. The first step is to grant probate to the executor of the will. They will be responsible for the paying of taxes and the distribution of the estate among the entitled beneficiaries of the will.Read more: How to handle an estate after a death
Where can I find bereavement support?
If you are mourning for a loved one who has died, grief counselling can be a very helpful process for adjusting to life after your loss. There are many bereavement support charities in the UK that provide counselling, group therapy, social events and other advice and resources whenever you need it, even if it’s months or years after the death of your loved one.Read more: Bereavement support and grief counselling organisations
What kind of flowers should I give at a funeral?
Sympathy flowers are the most common gift for people who are grieving the death of a loved one, but knowing which type to send can be difficult. Condolence bouquets and funeral wreaths are often handled by funeral directors and they can usually advise on what is most appropriate. Florists can also provide very helpful advice.Read more: Guide to sympathy flowers
How do I write and deliver a Eulogy?
A eulogy, or funeral speech, is an opportunity to pay tribute to someone who has died, by giving a short speech about their life and what they meant to you. It’s regarded as an honour to be asked to give a eulogy for a loved one or friend, and is a sign that you played an important part in that person’s life.Read more: How to write a eulogy
Helping Children Through Grief
Helping a bereaved child - whether you are their parent, guardian or other relation - is challenging because children think about death and loss in very different ways to adults. They might not be able to communicate their grief clearly, and how they handle it will change depending on their age.
Phone of the Wind
Have you ever wanted to talk to a loved one who has died? Some people will make trips to gravestones, send text messages or write a letter. In 2010 a Japanese garden designer set up an old rotary telephone in memory of his cousin, inviting anyone that needed to to use it, to say a goodbye that they weren’t able to in person.
A collection of popular and uplifting hymns for funerals
A collection of funeral poems and short funeral verses.
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