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Arranging the funeral

Advice and useful contacts to help with arrangements.

One of the most convenient ways of organising a funeral is to use a funeral director. Funeral directors are required to understand the relevant laws and the requirements of different faiths and are experts in the care of the deceased.

They can also arrange for repatriation of bodies from abroad or organise funerals in other countries.

The funeral director will ask you for a certificate for burial or cremation which you will have received from the Registrar.

You will also agree a date for the funeral and sign an agreement.

You should also be given full details of the cost of these arrangements.

Local funeral directors are listed in the telephone directory, or you may prefer to contact the following organisations:

  • National Association of Funeral Directors
    tel: 0121 711 1343
    website: www.nafd.org.uk
  • National Society of Allied and Independent Funeral Directors
    tel: 01279 726 777
    website: www.saif.org.uk

Age UK produces a fact sheet called 'Arranging a Funeral' which includes information you may need. Their telephone number is 0800 169 6565

If the person died in a local hospital, you can also receive help and support from the Patient Affairs Officers. Their contact details are as follows:

  • Hillingdon Hospital:  01895 279354
  • Mount Vernon:  01923 844292
  • Northwick Park:  020 8869 2960
  • Ealing Hospital:  020 8967 5367


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