Finding a funeral director and a church

Many people use a funeral director to help organise a funeral. A funeral director can be responsible for logistical aspects of the service, allowing you to concentrate on remembering your loved one in the best possible way. However, it is possible to organise a funeral yourself.

When planning a funeral service, there are a few things you need to consider:

  • Did your loved one attend a church? If so, what denomination were they (e.g. Anglican, Catholic, Methodist, Baptist etc)?
  • Did they leave instructions on where they would like their funeral to be held and/or who they would like to lead the service?
  • If the choice is yours, would you like it to be held in a church?

You can find a funeral director at the National Association of Funeral Directors, or The National Society of Allied and Independent Funeral Directors. Your funeral director, cemetery or crematorium may be able to recommend a local church minister, if you need.

You may be able to find a list of churches near to you by searching for the website of your chosen denomination. Alternatively, a number of funeral directors, cemeteries and crematoria have their own chapels. Some clergy will also officiate at funerals held in other locations (e.g. a local beauty spot).

There are a number of rules and regulations regarding burials: ask the funeral director or church leader to find out more.

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