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Making funeral arrangements

When someone dies there are several arrangements that need to be made, and there are statutory and non-statutory forms to be completed.

The responsibility for these arrangements normally falls to the Executor, or the nearest surviving relative. They may wish to approach a professional Funeral Director to undertake some of the various tasks on their behalf.

The Funeral Director will discuss the practical arrangements for the collection of the body with the family and will obtain the necessary medical certificates.

It will also be necessary to register the death, and information will be provided by the Funeral Director to assist in completing that duty.

If you prefer, a funeral can be arranged without the services of a Funeral Director - the Executor, or nearest surviving relative, may arrange the cremation service themselves.

Cremation authorities that are members of the Institute of Cemetery and Crematorium Management (ICCM) Charter for the Bereaved will provide advice to anyone arranging a cremation without the use of a funeral director. 

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