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