Frequently Asked Questions about Funerals

Posted by ChelseaEllsworth

Planning a funeral can be stressful, especially if a person dies suddenly. Proceeding with confidence is not easy when dealing with one of life's most difficult situations.


In the attempt to keep everyone happy, and honour your loved ones with the respect they deserve, it can be difficult to remember everything you need to do, leaving you confused and upset. Because of this, we’ve put together a list of frequently asked questions about funerals which we hope will give you peace of mind.


Question 1: Do you know of any desires the deceased may have had with regards to their funeral?

It is important to satisfy the requests of your loved one when planning their funeral. For example, did they wish to be cremated? Many people have died and wanted to be cremated, but family members have been too frightened to go through with it or found it distasteful opting for a burial instead. However, this decision could cause trouble between friends and family, so we advise you avoid making a difficult situation harder and follow the deceased person’s wishes.


Question 2: How much does a funeral cost?

The average costs of a funeral in the UK is £3,596 for a cremation and £4,561 for a burial. However, these prices can vary depending on where you live and the type of funeral you want.


Funeral costs are generally made up from three categories:


  • Funeral director fees.

  • Third party fees (the cost of cremation or burial, medical certificates, celebrant fees). These unavoidable costs are known as disbursements.

  • Optional costs (for example the funeral venue, type of coffins, grave markers, death notices, flowers, catering, cremation urns).


The majority of funeral directors provide details of funeral costs and prices on their website. These may include services, fixed pricing or funeral packages offering some, or all of the elements of a funeral.


Question 3: Who are funeral directors and what do they do?

A funeral director will help you make all of the funeral arrangements. Choosing an appropriate funeral director is important to ensure the smooth running of the service as they can assist you with all of the intricacies of the planning and give advice on the required legal documentation you need.


Question 4: What’s a pre-arranged funeral?

A pre-arranged funeral is a funeral made prior to death and is a way of making sure your loved-one’s life is celebrated in a way they wanted. It also relieves family members of the burden of arranging a funeral from scratchl.


Question 5: What is involved in a cremation?

The casket or container is placed in the cremation chamber where the temperature will reach around 1,400-1,800 degrees. All organic materials are consumed by the heat and bone fragments are left behind. These are known as the cremation remains, which are removed carefully from the chamber and processed into thin particles to be placed into an urn for the family.


Question 6: Why do we need an obituary notice?

It is helpful to notify friends and the wider community to have an obituary notice published announcing the death and type of service to be held. A notice can be placed in the local newspaper, or on the internet.


Question 7: What is embalming and what purpose does it serve?


Embalming sanitises and preserves the body. It slows down the decomposition process and enhances the appearance of the body damaged by illness or traumatic death. Embalming gives the family of the deceased the chance to arrange a service and allows the option of having an open casket.

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