Arranging an independent funeral
Although a funeral director will be invited to organise most funerals, you can arrange a funeral yourself if you prefer.
An independent funeral can mean taking responsibility for collecting and moving the body, arranging embalming and viewing of the deceased, providing a coffin, hearse and arranging the service, or it can just mean arranging the burial and service.
A funeral can only take place after the death is registered and the necessary forms have been completed, however funeral arrangements can begin straight away. Further information on the legal process of registering a death is available at www.gov.uk/when-someone-dies
If you would like further advice and guidance, the Natural Death Centre is a charitable project which provides information to help people arrange inexpensive, family-organised, and environmentally-friendly funerals.