Organising the Funeral Funerals can be expensive so remember to check where the money to pay for the costs will come from before making any arrangements. The deceased may have a pre-paid funeral plan. However, if the deceased does not have enough money in their estate to cover the cost of the arrangements, the person who organises the funeral will have to pay. If you are the one paying for the funeral and already getting certain social security benefits, you may also be able to get a payment from the Social Fund to help with the costs (please telephone the Jobcentre Plus Helpline on 0800 055 6688 for advice, visit the death and bereavement section of www.gov.uk). Friends, family, clergy or your doctor may be able to suggest local funeral directors with a good reputation for you to use. If not, most local firms are listed on www.yell.com. Remember, their charges can vary considerably, and you may want to contact or visit more than one firm. Most funeral directors choose to join one of two trade associations, but funeral directors do not have to be regulated to provide a service, so you may wish to check this first. Both trade associations have codes of practice and funeral directors who are members must provide you with a price list when you ask and will not increase any costs quoted to you without your permission.
National Association of Funeral Directors Tel: 0121 711 1343 www.nafd.org.uk National Society of Allied & Independent Funeral Directors Tel: 0345 230 6777 www.saif.org.uk Arranging the funeral yourself If it is preferred, the entire funeral can be handled by the bereaved family. Such a funeral is sometimes called a ‘personalised’, ‘independent’ or ‘family only’ funeral. There are various steps to take after you lose a loved one, see what to do after someone dies on gov.uk for guidance. Council cemeteries and crematoriums in Surrey are run by the district and borough councils. They may also be able to give you advice on alternative funeral arrangements or you may also find the Good Funeral Guide website useful when planning a funeral. Paying for a funeral If you are on a low income and need help to pay for a funeral you are arranging, you may be able to get a funeral payment. How much you get depends on your circumstances and if you qualify. Please visit the gov.uk website.
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