A funeral can only take place once a death has been registered. Before contacting a funeral director or confirming any arrangements, check if there is a will which might have information on the person’s wishes (for example whether they wanted to be buried or cremated). You do not need to use a funeral director and you may wish to make some of the arrangements yourself. The Natural Death Centre can provide support and advice on this. If you are not sure of the person’s wishes, you may wish to speak with friends or relatives or the funeral director who can help with suggestions.
Guidance for funeral services is available on the Scottish Government website.
Finding a funeral director
Most funeral directors are members of one of the below organisations and have codes of practice. Understandably, planning a funeral can be difficult but it is always worth getting more than one quote if you can to compare prices and services. You should not feel pressured and a reputable funeral director will understand why you are doing this.
National Association of Funeral Directors: 0121 711 1343 Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm
Society of Allied and Independent Funeral Directors: 01279 726 777
If you would like to discuss a direct cremation, you can contact Caledonia Cremations (Scotland’s first not-for-profit funeral directors). A direct cremation is one where there is no service at the crematorium but the family or next of kin can plan and prepare their own memorial service at a place and time of their choosing.
You can also find a list of funeral directors in the phone book.
Funeral directors have experience in organising different types of funeral and can help you plan the funeral, provide support and guidance and liaise with a range of organisations to ensure the funeral is properly planned. More information is available on mygov.scot's 'What to Do First' page.
It may also be that the person who has died had already planned and paid for their funeral.
Further information on arranging a funeral is available on mygov.scot.