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Although the majority of people in the UK make funeral arrangements through a funeral director, there is no legal requirement to do so. If you would rather organise a funeral for a loved one yourself then you are perfectly entitled to do so.

However, there are a number of legal requirements to remember when it comes to the death of a friend or relative. They are: the death has to be certified by a doctor or coroner, the death must be registered with a Registrar of Births, Marriages and Deaths, and the body must either be cremated or buried.

If you choose to make your own arrangements for a funeral then you will have to organise the service, including hymns and readings, order the flowers, write and submit obiturary notices to the local newspaper, hire transport to the service, organise the burial or cremation, and order the coffin or casket, among other things.

Lots of people find these jobs too much to bear when they have just lost a loved one and are deep in grief, and that is why they turn to a funeral director to organise all these things on their behalf. It is also worth pointing out here that although a funeral director makes the formal arrangements, they will not book anything without your consent to ensure that the funeral is just as you, or your loved one, envisaged.


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