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 related documents section for more information on "DIY funerals (PDF 160KB)".

Following a cremation, it is important that you consider “What to do next?”, with the ashes of your loved one. Some people may wish to have the ashes kept at home, knowing that their loved one is still close, whilst others may arrange to have the ashes buried in a family grave or purchase a new grave for the ashes to be kept.

If you wish to strew (scatter) the ashes in a public place, the disposal of ashes document (PDF 190KB) has more information on how to do this. If you require more help or guidance on the strewing of ashes, please contact the head office on the number given or email as below.

Further information

To compare funeral director prices across the city, visit

You can also compare funeral prices across the UK at

For advice on holding a cremation out of usual office hours (Monday to Friday 8am-4pm), please refer to the out of hours cremation (PDF 125KB) file in the related documents section.

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Bereavement services
Farnley Hall
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Leeds, LS12 5HA​​​



CostsCosts<div class="ExternalClass42475000EE2C4536B40E50798C3FCA20">​<p>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.</p> <p>Funerals can be paid in different ways:</p> <ul><li>From the deceased's estate</li> <li>The deceased may have been paying into a funeral scheme or have a prepaid funeral plan</li> <li>Money from a life insurance policy or pension scheme</li> <li>The deceased's bank or building society may agree to release funds to pay for funeral costs.</li></ul> <p> </p> <p>Please click on our <a href="/residents/Pages/Buyingmemorialsandgraves.aspx">Buying memorials and graves</a> page to see our available items <span id="ms-rterangecursor-start"></span>that can be purchased.</p></div>
Funeral optionsFuneral options<div class="ExternalClassF115B9CC12FE4A2EA975193DDE8BD2CD">​<p>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. </p> <p>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. </p> <p>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. </p> <p>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.</p></div>
Help with funeral costsHelp with funeral costs<div class="ExternalClass810E71486A9D41678EFC3A1B7056033A">​<p>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.</p></div>
Detailed planning of the funeralDetailed planning of the funeral<div class="ExternalClass7808E14FC35E40D195073D0BA074099D">​<p>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):</p> <ul><li>Where the body should rest before the funeral</li> <li>The time and place of the funeral (this can only be finalised once the death is registered)</li> <li>The type of service to be held (religious or other) and who will conduct it</li> <li>How much to spend (see 'Costs' below)</li> <li>Whether to have flowers or instead donate money to a chosen charity</li> <li>Where to donate flowers after the funeral</li> <li>Invitations</li> <li>Notice in the newspapers</li></ul></div>
TimingTiming<div class="ExternalClass7EBB0D480CB94D739528C07789D84BB6">​<span id="ms-rterangepaste-start"></span>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.<span id="ms-rterangepaste-end"></span></div>
Taking the deceased's wishes into accountTaking the deceased's wishes into account<div class="ExternalClass5BC343253894408DB8931CF743963C05">​<span id="ms-rterangepaste-start"></span>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).<span id="ms-rterangepaste-end"></span></div>



DIY Guidance Notes Guidance Notes.pdf164323pdf
Out of Hours Cremations of hours cremations.pdf128386pdf
The disposal of ashes disposal of ashes.pdf194766pdf

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