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Arranging a Funeral? Here's some ideas about what to do and who can help.

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Where can I get help to arrange a funeral?

Funerals can take many different forms. They can be religious or non-religious; traditional or non-traditional; formal or informal. You should arrange whatever suits you best.

Most people use a funeral director, and you can discuss what you would like with them. They have a lot of experience of organising different types of funeral and can suggest ideas for you to consider.

A funeral director will usually deal directly with the cemetery or crematorium for you so you won’t have to.

You can find the names of local funeral directors either online or in the telephone directory. Many are members of the National Association of Funeral Directors or the Society of Allied and Independent Funeral Directors.

You can contact the National Association of Funeral Directors by phoning 0845 230 1343 (local call rate), or 0121 711 1343 (or online at www.nafd.org.uk/) or the Society of Allied and Independent Funeral Directors by phoning 0345 230 6777 (local call rate) or 01279 726 777 (or online at www.saif.org.uk).

Funeral directors should give you a written quote for the costs, which may include a deposit. As they charge different amounts you may wish to get quotes from more than one firm to compare prices.