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You can start arranging the funeral as soon as you have registered the death and received the necessary certificates and forms. Don’t forget to check the person’s will for any special requests.
Many people choose to use a funeral director. They will make all of the arrangements for the funeral on your behalf, which takes a lot of stress and worry away from you at an already difficult time.
Make sure the funeral director is a member of:
You can arrange the funeral yourself, without a funeral director. This may reduce the cost of the funeral, but there will be a lot for you to do. Get more information and advice from the Natural Death Centre.
You can use the following forms to help you arrange the funeral, if you can download them and fill them in and send them to Bereavementemail@example.com.
If you aren't able to email them then you can print them out and return by post,the address is on the form, if you do have any questions or need help then please contact Bereavement services on Tel 01925 267731.
You don’t have to have a religious service. Non-religious, humanist or civic funeral ceremonies can be held at the crematorium, at a natural burial site, or at an approved venue.
We look after four cemeteries and a crematorium in Warrington:
There are other local churchyards and burial grounds which are owned and maintained by the diocese. You or your funeral director should contact them directly to arrange a burial.
You could also have a burial on private land, such as in your garden. You must tell us about this beforehand, and you will need to:
Remember that this may reduce the value of your property. And if you sell it, the new owners can apply to have the body exhumed and moved elsewhere.
The crematorium in Warrington is Walton Lea Crematorium. You can hold the full funeral service in our chapel, or hold the service at another venue and then bring the coffin for cremation, either with or without a short committal ceremony. Or you can arrange for a cremation without a ceremony or service.
Find out more about funerals and cremations at Walton Lea Crematorium.
Following the cremation you will need to make a decision about what to do with the ashes:
Ask different funeral directors for quotes before you decide which one to use. How much it will cost depends on the kind of funeral you choose.
The funeral director should tell you their fees for the things you’ve asked them to provide, such as:
In their quote or estimate they should also include anything which they pay to others on your behalf, like the fees for burial or cremation and the cost of the ceremony. Plus other things like flowers, memorials, catering and newspaper obituary notices. The funeral director may call these ‘disbursement fees’.
The person who has died may have already made arrangements to pay for the funeral, or they may have money in their estate which can cover the costs. Or you may be able to apply for a Funeral Payment if you claim certain benefits.
If someone has died and there is no one who can arrange the funeral, for example if the person had no known family, we have to make sure the person receives a proper burial or cremation. Find out more about funerals arranged by the council.