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

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Want to do it yourself?

You don’t need to use a funeral director if you don’t want to – you can make all the arrangements yourself.

DIY funerals can be more personal and less expensive, but remember that you will have more to organise, including making arrangements with the cemetery or crematorium. These are usually managed by local authorities – if you don’t know where yours is, contacting your local council is a good place to start.

You can find a list of local council websites at http://www.gov.scot/About/Government/councils or http://www.cosla.gov.uk/scottish-local-government.

You can buy a coffin from an undertaker or have one specially made. Some funeral directors will help with a DIY funeral by supplying a coffin and dealing with the paperwork. If you are arranging a cremation yourself, you should make sure that the coffin is suitable as not all materials are appropriate.

You can find out more online or contact the Natural Death Centre (01962 712 690 or http://www.naturaldeath.org.uk/).