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Arranging a funeral

A funeral can be either a burial or cremation. Find out what to do immediately after a death.

Many people choose to use a professional Funeral Director to make all the necessary arrangements but for many reasons people may prefer to organise a personalised/independent funeral themselves. If you decide to do this we can help assist you.

You will need to do/consider the following:

  • registering the death
  • where the body should rest before the funeral
  • preparing the body and who will do this
  • choosing a coffin and the coffin bearers
  • transporting the body
  • the type, time and place of the funeral (this can only be finalised once the death is registered)
  • the type of service it will be, religious or otherwise. Who will conduct it or contribute to it
  • how much to spend on the funeral
  • welcome flowers (and where to donate them afterwards) or donate money to a chosen charity instead
  • invitations
  • notice in the newspapers

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Municipal funerals

If somebody dies and there are no relatives, friends, will beneficiaries or executor to organise their funeral, the Coroner's Office will contact Environmental & Consumer Protection for burial assistance. Details of funerals carried out by the Council are available in the downloads section and are updated quarterly.  

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Paying for a funeral

Free, impartial advice on arranging funerals is available from the Bereavement Services team based at Poole Crematorium. Local funeral directors may also have individual plans and payment schemes to help with the cost of funerals.

Where money is an issue and you are in receipt of certain benefits or entitlements you may qualify for a funeral payment from the Social Fund made by the Department of Work and Pensions.

If you need help towards the cost of a funeral and you are receiving certain types of benefit, you may qualify for a one-off Funeral Expense Payment.

Read GOV.UK's advice on funeral payments.

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