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Arranging a funeral during an already difficult time can be challenging. If you do have to arrange a funeral, knowing what to do and how to handle things can make a big difference. At Distinct Cremations, we do everything we can to make arrangements as stress-free as possible. Explore our step-by-step guide to arrange the funeral you want for your loved one.

Help and guidance for arranging a funeral

We understand how stressful arranging a funeral can be, so below we've collected a few resources and guides to give you an idea of what to expect from arranging a funeral and what the process will look like.

We'll detail the funeral documents you need to get the process started, we'll look at the different types of funerals on offer and we'll answer some frequently asked questions such as how long after a death is a funeral?

And if there's any information you can't find or you have a query of any kind, you can call our caring customer service specialists on 01543 212000 who'll be able to help with any questions you may have.

Arranging a funeral in the UK

Here are our guides, articles and helpful information to make the process of arranging a funeral that bit easier.

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Who arranges the funeral?

Funerals are typically arranged by the deceased person's closest next of kin or a responsible family member. This individual, often referred to as the "executor" if named in the will, holds the primary responsibility for making the necessary arrangements. If there is no will or appointed executor, the duty usually falls to the closest relative or, in some cases, a close friend.

In recent years, it has become a lot more common for people to pay for a funeral themselves by taking out a prepaid funeral plan. Funeral plans provide the peace of mind that funeral costs are covered when the time comes.

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Arranging for a loved one

If an executor has been named, then they will be responsible for arranging the funeral. Your chosen funeral provider can support you with the funeral arrangement process. At Distinct Cremations, we help you make all the necessary arrangements for the funeral including handling cremation documents and forms.

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Planning for yourself

A funeral plan allows you to specify your preferences for the funeral proceedings in advance. You can detail exactly what you want from your own funeral and name a nominated representative who will call your chosen funeral company to begin the funeral arrangements when the time comes.

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Arrange a funeral for your loved one with Distinct Cremations. Our customer service specialists are here for you 24/7 to answer any questions you may have.

Call us on 01543 212000 to start arranging a dignified and affordable cremation funeral.

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3 important first steps to take when arranging a funeral

If a loved one has died or is near death, you can call a funeral provider to get funeral arrangements in place. But before a funeral can take place there are a number of formalities that need to be completed. These include registering the death and completing legal paperwork. Below are a few steps that need to be taken before a funeral can go ahead.

1. Choose a provider

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Each funeral provider has different key features and inclusions. We've created a table comparing the best funeral providers to help you review your options. Comparing funeral providers should help you choose the right funeral provider for you.

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2. Register the death

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Registering the death is a legal formality that needs to be completed shortly after someone dies. You will need to get a Medical Certificate of Cause of Death and contact your local register office. Our guide breaks the process down step-by-step.

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3. Complete documents

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There are a number of documents that need to be completed before a funeral can take place including three different cremation forms for a cremation funeral. Our article below will detail which forms you need to complete and how our team can help.

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What funeral options do you have?

Funerals no longer have to be traditional affairs. In 2024, you and your loved ones have the opportunity to say goodbye in whichever way you please by choosing a type of funeral that suits your family. Traditional funerals remain the most common option, but there are now more fuss-free, cheaper options available such as simple cremations or direct cremations which have risen sharply in popularity in recent years.

Traditional cremation or burial

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A traditional cremation or burial includes a service attended by mourners and a funeral procession with a hearse. Cremation is typically open to as many people as the crematorium can hold. At a burial, mourners gather as the gravesite and the deceased's coffin is placed in the ground.

Unattended direct cremation

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A direct cremation is a straightforward option where the deceased is cremated soon after passing, without a formal funeral ceremony. It's a more cost-effective choice, with no viewing of the deceased. This approach prioritises simplicity for those who would like a fuss-free and low-cost funeral.

Small attended cremation

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An attended cremation is similar to a direct cremation, but with the addition of a brief ceremony at the crematorium. It provides an opportunity for close family and friends to be present, offering a more personal touch while still maintaining the simplicity and cost-effectiveness of a direct cremation.

Other funeral types

There are further options too, including burials, eco burials and woodland funerals. While burials have become less desired in recent years, environmentally friendly alternatives have risen in popularity and availability.

Arranging a funeral in advance

If you're looking at arranging a funeral in advance for yourself or you're anticipating a death in the medium to long term, you may be interested in a funeral plan.

With a funeral plan you can get all the funeral arrangements in place well in advance giving you peace of mind knowing that when the time comes, all you or your family need to do is give us a call and we'll take care of all the arrangements.

Find our services below or alternatively you can view our price list or our CMA standardised price list.

Unattended Direct Cremation Plan

From £1,699 or £19.44* per month

Our Unattended Direct Cremation Plan is a great choice for those looking for a simple, low-cost unattended cremation without a funeral ceremony.

With our plan, the cremation takes place with no service or mourners present at our high-quality crematoria where dignified care is guaranteed.

View our Unattended Direct Cremation Plan * Price advertised is for a 50 year old paying over a 10 year period. Total cost is £2,332.80 and includes administration fees..

Small Attended Cremation Plans

From £2,099 or £25.23** per month

Our Small Attended Cremation Plans offer a private funeral where the number of people attending is limited to a small gathering of friends and family.

With our Small Attended Cremation Plans, you can have up to 8 people attending a 10 minute service or up to 20 attending a 20 minute service.

View our Small Attended Cremation Plans ** Price advertised is for a 50 year old paying over a 10 year period. Total cost is £3,027.60 and includes administration fees.

Other helpful resources

Below are a few more resources that may help when it comes to arranging a funeral.

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At Distinct Cremations, we provide no fuss funerals which are simple to arrange, affordable and delivered with care, dignity and respect. Prices start from just £1,199 if you need to arrange a funeral today.

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Funeral costs

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If you’re arranging the funeral of a loved one, you’ll need to know exactly how much a funeral costs so that you can make the appropriate arrangements. These can differ depending on a number of factors.

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Plan a memorial service

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Planning a memorial service isn't always straightforward. In our guide, we'll provide you with practical information on how to organise a memorial service whether you're pre-planning for yourself or for a loved one close to your heart.

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One of the UK’s best value direct cremation services, delivered with a caring and compassionate heart

Not only are our funerals carried out with love and care, but we also offer one of the UK’s best value services.

From your very first phone call, right through to the hand delivery of the ashes, you can rest assured that you will be in the most caring and attentive hands with Distinct Cremations.

Our caring team are here 24/7 to support you through the most difficult of times

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We offer the highest level of support, but don't take our word for it

Below are a selection of reviews from those who followed their instinct with Distinct and chose to buy a funeral with us.

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Anon 30 May 2024
first class
Mark 21 May 2024
Excellent communication, very helpful and we got just what we wanted in a service. Highly recommended and we will use again. Mark Oliver
Anon 2 May 2024
Service very efficient, and comprehensive. Understandably, you "chased me up" when there was a delay in my response to place an order, but this delay was whilst I contacted all those relatives who might have had a view to express.
Anon 24 Apr 2024
I was very happy with the service I received and they are only a phone call away if I or my sons should need advice or help in any way
Wendy 8 Apr 2024
This is a good company, the cremation was dealt with very smoothly without any problems. The staff were very courteous and professional throughout. Everything was explained over the phone and they were very patient answering my questions. The ashes were delivered on time to my door. Highly recommended.
Anon 7 Apr 2024
They gave a superb service, they were very professional from start to finish, but also friendly and empathetic too, at what was a very difficult time for myself and the family
Anon 6 Apr 2024
Dee was lovely and understanding and advice was easy to understand
Anon 5 Apr 2024
Very kind and helpful lady. She talked me through everything that I asked her about.
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Arrange a funeral

Arrange a funeral for your loved one with our care and support. Call us on 01543 212000 and start the process of arranging a funeral straight away.

If your loved one is near to death and you would like more information before making funeral arrangements, you can also download a free guide to our funeral services.

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