Expert Funeral Advice

Where to start when arranging a funeral or even choosing the right funeral plan? Find our helpful guides, checklists and advice from our experts.
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Where to start when arranging a funeral or even choosing the right funeral plan? Find our helpful guides, checklists and advice from our experts.
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How to arrange a cremation without a funeral director

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How long after death is a cremation?

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How to discuss your funeral plans with your family

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How to choose the right prepaid funeral plan provider

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An introduction to non-religious funerals

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Funeral payment plans explained

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Seven funeral & celebration of life Ideas

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A brief history of cremations in the UK

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Five alternative funeral ideas

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A simple guide to arranging a memorial service

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How do funeral plans work?

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Direct cremation or burial? Pros and cons to consider

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How long does a cremation take?

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Can I Have a Cremation Without a Funeral?

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Burying or scattering? - What to do with cremation ashes

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What happens at a cremation?

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Prepaid funeral plans: pros and cons

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Seven Things to tick off your bucket list

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Four celebrities who chose simple funerals

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Go wild celebrating your life

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That's Me! - Our new TV advert from Distinct Cremations

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5 good reasons to plan your own funeral

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Coping with special occasions when someone has died

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Understanding the 5 stages of grief

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A simple guide to funeral planning

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A simple guide to direct cremations

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How to arrange a funeral

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How to help someone with grief

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How to register a death

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How to keep funeral costs down

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A simple guide to attending a funeral

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Frequently asked questions

The choice is entirely yours. It's not uncommon for people to divide the ashes of the deceased between their loved ones, so that everyone can have a reminder of them.

A wake is a social gathering that takes place either before or after a funeral.

Funeral plans are prepaid service agreements where the money required is invested in a secure Trust Fund until the time it’s needed. A funeral plan guarantees to cover the services that were listed at the time the plan was taken out. With a funeral plan there’s no need for any medicals assessments or health and lifestyle questionnaires.

Life insurance is a type of insurance that pays out an agreed cash sum should you pass away while the policy is valid. A life insurance policy is typically made over many years for larger amounts, designed to help pay for bills and any outstanding debts held by the deceased at the time of death.

If you’ve lost your plan documents, all you need to do is get back in touch with us and we can arrange for replacements to be sent out to you.

On average it takes around two hours to cremate a body, but it can sometimes be longer or shorter in certain circumstances.

There can occasionally be restrictions on scattering ashes in certain locations. If you’ve got a specific location in mind, it’s best to speak to someone associated with that destination before making your decision.

If you’re on certain benefits, you may be eligible to receive help from the government towards funeral costs.