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Deaths, funerals and cremations
We understand that bereavement is a painful experience. Our experienced registrars are there to help you through the difficult job of registering the death or stillbirth. You can be reassured that we will deal with you with sympathy and understanding at this difficult time.
This section helps to explain the procedures you have to go through. If you need more information or assistance, you can contact any of our offices who will be pleased to help you further. You can also use our online services below.
We also provide a service to help you tell the people who need to know about the death, such as government departments and local council services. You only need to Tell Us Once and we can contact these organisations on your behalf.
There are more options concerning the content of a funeral ceremony and its duration than many people realise. Woodland burial and other green options are increasingly available.
The majority of people choose to make their arrangements through a funeral director, but some people see 'do it yourself' funerals as more personal and less expensive. If this approach appeals, and you have time to research and prepare, do enquire at the cemeteries and crematorium department of your district council for guidance. You could also get information from the Natural Death Centre - see the link below. Some funeral directors are willing to help with such funerals.
Choosing a funeral director
Funeral directors will manage funeral arrangements and give advice and support. Check if the funeral director you choose belongs to a trade association. This requires them to provide full information about their services and prices. Please see the links below.
These factors may influence your choice:
A simple funeral
Most people would probably require the funeral director to provide the following services as a minimum:
Embalming of the body, viewing of the person who has died, or providing a limousine for mourners are common optional extras.
You can find a range of information about the services we provide by using our online mapping.