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Arranging a funeral

You may think that you can’t arrange a funeral without a funeral director, but this is not the case. Funeral directors are there to give support and advice to people during one of the most difficult times of their lives and to help you with important decisions that you may not have thought about.

Some people may also find it too hard to deal with the more personal issues they will have to face such as cleaning, dressing and transporting the deceased. For this reason, we advise seeking help from a funeral director, but you don’t have to.

DIY funerals can be very rewarding and are much more intimate and personal. There are a lot of things to consider, but it is all possible and it may help with the grieving process for some people. We would suggest contacting the Bereavement Services Team at Taunton Crematorium to get advice on the processes and any legal documents required.

Make an appointment with the registry office to register the death. Check the website to find where your local office is. You will need to register the death ideally within 5 days, unless the cause of death was unexpected or not known. In this case it will be referred to the coroner. The registrar will issue you with a green form, known as Part B, which you must keep safe and pass to either the Crematorium or the burial authority.

You will need to decide whether to have a burial or cremation.


If the deceased was religious, you may wish to contact their local place of worship to discuss their options. Alternatively, a crematorium offers non-denominational burial grounds which are suitable for all religious beliefs.


You can check online for our cremation fees. Consider the facilities we offer and the distance family and friends would need to travel. A church service may be more fitting followed by a committal at the crematorium so you would also need to check with the church what their availability is.

Contact the burial authority or Crematorium to arrange a suitable date and time for the funeral. Please see the information about the paperwork you will need to complete before the burial or cremation can take place.