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How to arrange a funeral

This guide will explain everything you need to know about arranging a funeral for a loved one, from the moment they pass away to making all of the necessary funeral arrangements: 

  1. Find a funeral director near you
  2. Choose a type of funeral
  3. Compare funeral services and choices
  4. Plan a fitting funeral service
  5. Consider funeral costs
  6. Create a funeral notice
  7. Discover what happens on the day

1. Find a funeral director near you

Choosing an experienced and professional funeral director will help ease the burden and stress of arranging a funeral. At Dignity, we spend time getting to know you and will help you create the most fitting tribute for the person who has passed away.

Our Funeral Directors are honoured to serve the local communities they are part of, with expertise and uncompromising compassion. We promise to provide unequalled support, reassurance, and attention to detail when arranging a funeral for your loved one.

2. Choose a type of funeral

The person who has passed away may have left instructions about the type of funeral they wanted. If they didn't make their wishes known, you will need to decide what type of service you would like for your loved one. Whether you choose a cremation or burial, we'll be able to make all of the arrangements on your behalf.

We can cater for any type of funeral service; from traditional religious services to personalied celebrations of life, our Funeral Directors will help you arrange a send-off which reflects the life of your loved one and commemorates them in a special and unique way.

Types of funeral

3. Compare funeral services

Every funeral is unique and deeply personal. We're here to support and advise you at every step, with uncompromising compassion and respect. We offer two funeral choices, allowing you to select the one that's most suited to you and the wishes of your loved one. 

If you would like to create an entirely personal and bespoke commemoration, our Full Service Funeral will help celebrate your loved one's life story. Alternatively, if you are able to be a little more flexible on certain aspects of the funeral, our Simple Funeral includes all of the essentials at a lower cost.

4. Make the funeral arrangements and plan a fitting service

A funeral is a very personal event and people often have different requirements. There are a number of details that you will need to take care of, from arranging funeral transport to choosing songs to be played during the service.

We will do everything we can to make sure your needs are met, helping to plan a fitting farewell for the person who has passed away.

Planning a funeral

5. Consider funeral costs when arranging a funeral

The cost of a funeral will depend on the arrangements you choose to make. Funeral costs are typically made up of funeral director fees, third party costs, and optional costs.

Third party costs are additional charges which we will manage on your behalf. These payments can vary depending on where you live and whether you choose a cremation or burial service for your loved one. Optional costs cover special requests, such as memorials and floral tributes.

6. Create a Funeral Notice

Letting people know about the funeral arrangements can be quite difficult and time consuming. If you choose to arrange the funeral with us, you will be given the option of a complimentary Funeral Notice. 

Our online Funeral Notices service provides clients with a simple and respectful way of sharing the details of their loved one's funeral with family and friends.

A Funeral Notice makes it quick and easy to find out when the service is taking place and where it is being held. You can also collect online donations for a special charity and provide the option for people to send flowers.

Family and friends can choose to receive notifications using their email address, making sure they are kept up-to-date if any of the arrangements were to change.

Find out more about Funeral Notices.

7. Discover what happens on the day

Once you've made all of the funeral arrangements, it's important to understand what happens on the day of the funeral. If you’re unsure of what to expect, our funeral arrangers will explain everything you need to know.

We will guide you through each step, attending to your every need before, during, and after the service takes place.

Learn more about the funeral procession, funeral service, committal service, and the wake.

Find out what happens on the day of the funeral.

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