It is the responsibility of the next of kin, or the executor of the deceased's estate, to register the death and make the funeral arrangements. Many families choose to appoint a funeral director to help them with making arrangements for the type of ceremony they want and the burial process they require.
Choosing a Funeral Director
The choice of funeral director is important - you should feel comfortable and confident with them. They may be known to you personally, may be recommended by a friend, your GP or religious adviser, or may just have a good reputation in your area.
It is possible that the deceased has already paid for a funeral plan, and made certain arrangements for their funeral, so this needs to be checked before appointing a funeral director. The executor should be aware of any such arrangement.
Alternatively, you can find a funeral director on one of the following websites:
All funeral directors have a code of practice and should give you an estimate of costs - their own, any contractors they use and the fees they will pay Wokingham Borough Council on your behalf for burial services. You can ask for this estimate in advance and it is a good idea to ask different firms to quote so that you can compare costs.
Your funeral director can make all the arrangements for the funeral, burial or cremation, and religious or secular service. They can also offer advice on all of the procedures and documents needed to register the death.
There are costs associated with arranging a funeral.
It is important to find out whether or not the deceased had taken out a funeral plan. This would generally cover the costs of the funeral.
There is no general death grant to help pay for funerals. However if the person paying for the funeral is receiving any means tested benefits they may be able to claim financial help from the Social Fund. Find out more about the Social Fund on Gov.uk website Social Fund information.
For advice about arranging a non-traditional or non-religious ceremony visit: