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Make funeral arrangements

Although most funerals are arranged by funeral directors, there is no reason why you shouldn't do part, or all, yourself. Most funeral directors are willing for you to take as active a part as you want to in the arrangements. Be it burial or cremation it can be arranged independently but be prepared, you need to be able to cope with many rules and regulations, and the paperwork that goes with them, and be an extremely good organiser.

A funeral can be either by burial or by cremation. You can organise it with or without the help of a funeral director and personalise it as much as you wish. In some cases the deceased may have planned their own funeral in advance.

If you do wish to arrange a funeral without the help of a funeral director, you need to contact the Cemeteries and Crematoria Department for advice and guidance. See our Documents section at the bottom of this page for more information on 'DIY funerals'.

To compare funeral director prices across the city, visit yourfuneralchoice.com.

You can also compare funeral prices across the UK at funeralbooker.com.

For advice on holding a cremation out of usual office hours (Monday to Friday 8am-4pm), please refer to the 'Out of hours cremation' file in the Documents section of this page.

Contact information

For more information, please email or call 0113 378 8196. You can write to Bereavement services, Farnley Hall, Hall Lane, Leeds, LS12 5HA​​​

Click to expandTiming

You cannot finalise the date for the funeral until after the death has been registered. If the death has to be reported to a coroner, the date of the funeral may be affected.

Click to expandTaking the deceased's wishes into account

Remember to check the deceased's will or other written instructions for particular wishes about their funeral, or what should happen to their body. However, please note that the executor does not have to follow the instructions left in the will).

Click to expandFuneral options

If there are no clear wishes then it is generally up to the executor/administrator/nearest relative to decide whether the body is to be cremated or buried.

There are very few legal controls governing the disposal of a body in the United Kingdom. The only requirement is that the death is certified and registered, and that the body is properly taken care of by either burial or cremation.

There are some strict Rules & Regulations to be adhered to and a Burial or Cremation may not take place unless Statutory paperwork is completed and supplied to the Cemetery or Crematiorium concerned.

In Leeds, all paperwork must be handed into the Administration Office at Farnely Hall by 10:00am two working days ahead of the funeral. This paperwork can be obtained from the Farnely Hall from Monday to Friday between 8:00am and 3:45pm.

Click to expandDetailed planning of the funeral

The key decisions that need to be made for the funeral are below (if you choose to have a funeral director they will help you):

  • Where the body should rest before the funeral
  • The time and place of the funeral (this can only be finalised once the death is registered)
  • The type of service to be held (religious or other) and who will conduct it
  • How much to spend (see 'Costs' below)
  • Whether to have flowers or instead donate money to a chosen charity
  • Where to donate flowers after the funeral
  • Invitations
  • Notice in the newspapers

Click to expandCosts

If you arrange a funeral you are responsible for paying the bill, so you should check where they money will come from and if there will be enough.

Funerals can be paid in different ways:

  • From the deceased's estate
  • The deceased may have been paying into a funeral scheme or have a prepaid funeral plan
  • Money from a life insurance policy or pension scheme
  • The deceased's bank or building society may agree to release funds to pay for funeral costs.

 

Please click on our Buying memorials and graves page to see our available items that can be purchased.

Click to expandHelp with funeral costs

If using a Funeral Director you may be able to get a one-off Funeral Payment to help pay funeral costs if you are the deceased's spouse, civil partner or partner and are receiving benefits because you are on a low income. Further information may be obtained by contacting the Department of Work & Pensions.

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