When it comes to arranging a funeral, the majority of people in the UK still choose to use the services of a professional funeral director in Leeds or UK wide. There are around 2,500 professional funeral directors in the UK and whilst you are under no obligation to use one to arrange a funeral, it is best to ask friends and family for recommendations.
Arranging a funeral is likely to be one of the most stressful things any of will ever have to do. By their very nature funerals are sad, sombre occasions and if you are struggling to cope with the thought of making arrangements after the death of a loved-one, asking friends or family members to help by obtaining quotes from different funeral directors can be a good way to ease the strain. The cost of funeral services does vary and there is a school of thought that good funeral directors are the ones who are prepared to help as much or as little as you want. As a result, increasing numbers of families are now becoming more involved in the arrangements that need to be made for a funeral.
If you’re looking for a funeral director, it’s sensible to get quotes from more than one company. When ringing around, ask for a breakdown of the costs of their services and if they can give this to you in writing, all the better. You’ll also need to check that they are professionally qualified and that they hold a diploma in funeral directing but if you are in any doubt as to their suitability, the National Association of Funeral Directors will be able to offer help and advice.
Increasing numbers of people are choosing to bypass funeral directors all together and arrange a funeral themselves. A DIY funeral is not only a good way to keep down the cost of the funeral but can also prove to be a therapeutic way to help you come to terms with the death of a loved one. When someone dies, there is no legal obligation for their body to be handed over to an undertaker it is worth bearing in mind that arranging all aspects of a funeral can be far more complex than it would first appear. Many bereaved relatives choose to take control of the smaller elements of the ceremony such as planning the service or using family members to carry the coffin but if you are determined to arrange every aspect, thorough research will be vital.
Paying for a funeral can be very expensive so it’s important to find out how the ceremony and burial are to be financed before you make any arrangements. If someone has paid into a funeral finance plan there should be documentation to show this whilst some people choose to open a savings plan to cover the cost. There are a number of other possible scenarios including pension schemes that will pay out a lump sum towards funeral costs, or other payment and pension schemes designed to help with funeral costs. If there is way to pay for the funeral or you are simply unable to finance it yourself, the local council may agree to meet the cost but only in cases where no arrangements have been made so proceed with caution.