Arranging a funeral

Arranging a funeral can be one of the most difficult things anyone can do in their lives, that's why at Distinct Cremations we do everything we possibly can to make things as stress-free as possible.

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 211 997 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 can arrange a funeral?

Funerals are often arranged at the time of need by family and friends when their loved one has died or is close to dying. However, 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 which provides peace of mind knowing that their funeral costs are covered when the time comes.

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Arranging for a loved one

The next of kin in most cases has the responsibility of arranging a funeral once a loved one has died, though the deceased may have left the name of an executor in the will. If an executor has been named, then they will be responsible for arranging the funeral.

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Planning for yourself

A funeral can be planned in advance with a prepaid funeral plan. With a funeral plan, you can detail exactly what you want from your own funeral and name an executor who will make the arrangements and call the funeral company when the time comes.

Get in touch with us today

Whether you're wanting to arrange a funeral today, interested in funeral plans, or looking for something else, our customer service specialists are here for you 24/7 to answer any questions you may have.

Get in touch today or call us on 01543 211997.

Get in touch with us today

What do you need to arrange a funeral?

You can call a funeral provider at any time to get funeral arrangements in place if a loved one has died or is near to death, but before a funeral can take place there are a number of formalities that need to be completed such as registering the death and completing legal paperwork. Below are a few guides to let you know what needs to be done before a funeral can go ahead.

Register the death

registering a death

There are legal formalities that need to be completed shortly after someone dies. It may be the last thing you want to be doing at a time of mourning, but they're a necessary step before you can make any funeral arrangements.

How to register a death

Funeral 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. Our article below will detail which forms you need to complete and how our team can help.

The required funeral documents

Choosing a provider

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Choosing a funeral provider is never easy, so we've created a table comparing the best funeral providers' key features and inclusions to help you compare, contrast and choose the right funeral provider for you.

Compare funeral providers

What funeral options do you have?

Funerals no longer have to be traditional affairs. In 2023, 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

Traditional cremation

Inclusive of a service and is open to as many people as the crematorium can hold. A procession with hearses and limousines may be included depending on the family's wishes.

Traditional burial

Traditional Burial

Includes a service, a ceremony, mourners and a procession depending on the family's choice. Differs from a cremation as the deceased is placed in the ground at a gravesite with a headstone.

Simple funeral

Simple Cremation

A simple funeral is a farewell stripped back to the essentials, free of tradition, a procession, pomp and ceremony. Our simple funerals can be unattended or have mourners present.

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 £18.79* 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 £2,349.80 and includes administration fees..

Small Attended Cremation Plans

From £2,099 or £24.58** 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 £3,044.60 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 £1,099 if you need to arrange a funeral today.

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Funeral costs

Cremation costs

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.

Funeral costs

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.

Planning a memorial service

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 have arranged a funeral or purchased a funeral plan through Distinct Cremations.

"Smooth and straightforward purchase with plenty of contact and feedback."

“Easy to use and very helpful. Very easy to use their services and always called with updates. Sorry to say I've had to use their services twice now and I've already booked my own service. On both times I've used this service I've been kept informed by calls to everything going on. All my requests were made to feel like no trouble whatsoever, happy to help attitude made what was a very emotional time pass with no problems. Ty to all the teams involved"

"Quick and easy to arrange. Very good value. The information pack arrived days after I made my enquiry. It was so easy to arrange the plan that I wanted. The follow up call was very reassuring. I am very happy with the service provided."

"Already recommended to other family members. Easy to access and apply for a plan at a good price, and even better, in 20 years time there will be no additional cost. It's not a subject that anyone wants to think about but now I have it sorted it has given me peace of mind knowing my family won't have the worry or cost when that time comes, now I can forget it and enjoy many more years, highly recommended. Hassle free application that was completed in minutes but I'm not planning on using this plan anytime soon!!"

"I was very pleased with the prompt efficient service that I got, everything was explained to me, and the paperwork was easy to understand, and there was no pressure put on me for a decision. I would most certainly recommended this company for price and efficiency."

“Happy with everything. We were well pleased with the consultant Sarah Mills she was very helpful and made us feel very confident that we were doing the right thing about our funeral plan."

"Positive without being pushy. Easy to understand the scheme, helpful brochure and a realistic price. The staff I contacted were polite and professional. Great value. An ideal alternative for those of us who don't want a lot of fuss."

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