Arranging a Funeral

** COVID-19 UPDATE ** 21st June 2021

As of 21st June 2021, there are no longer limits on the number of attendees permitted at a coffin burial (or 'lawn' burial) or a 'linked funeral event', such as the burial or scattering of ashes, at our cemeteries.

Those visiting the cemeteries to pay their respects or to attend funerals are asked to please adhere to all current government guidance and social distancing advice. Thank you for your co-operation.

Funerals at our cemeteries, including the burial or scattering of ashes, can take place Monday to Friday between 9.00 and 3.00 and the cemetery opening times are currently 9.00 until 4.30, seven days a week.

If you have any queries regarding this information please contact us on 01902 696000 and ask for Bereavement Services.

You can arrange a funeral with or without the help of a funeral director, although many people do choose to use one. You can personalise the funeral arrangements as much as you wish and in some cases the deceased may already have planned what sort of funeral they would like.

When choosing a funeral director, you should check whether they belong to a trade association such as the National Association of Funeral Directors or the Society of Allied & Independent Funeral Directors (SAIF). Funerals can be expensive and you should seek quotes from more than one company in order to get a competitive price.

Your Funeral Choice is a website that can help you to find sensibly priced funeral directors in your area. Quaker Social Action (QSA) runs the Fair Funerals campaign which aims to tackle the causes of funeral poverty and can help in various ways, such as organising a funeral and finding a fair funeral director in your area. QSA also runs the Down to Earth project which directly supports people on low incomes that are struggling with the cost of a funeral. You can find out more about how they can help you by visiting their websites.

Please be aware that if you arrange a funeral then you will be responsible for paying the bill and you must ensure that you have the necessary funds available. If you are in receipt of benefits then you may be able to apply for a Social Fund Funeral Payment. Further information regarding this can be found by visiting the Funeral Payments page of the Gov.UK website.

There are lots of organisations that can help you with various aspects of arranging a funeral and what to do when someone dies, as well as advice on where you can find further support and guidance at such a difficult time. Please see some of them listed in the Useful Links section below.

Our Bereavement Services Brochure can be downloaded by clicking on the link below and you can contact us on 01902 696405 or by email bereavementservices@sstaffs.gov.uk

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