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Things to consider before you arrange the funeral

Cremation or burial?

What you will need to do will depend upon whether the deceased is going to be cremated or buried.


If the deceased is to be buried, is there a family grave or do you need to purchase a grave?

If you are using a Funeral Director they will be able to advise you, including the cost and can help you with the purchase of a grave. You will also have to complete a Notice of Interment Form and if they are being buried in an existing grave you will need to produce the grave deeds. You can get the form from your local Cemetery or from your Funeral Director.


If the deceased is to be cremated you will need to complete an Instruction for Cremation Form and a Cremation 1 Form.

These will need to accompany the Registrar's Certificate and in most cases the 4 Medical forms unless a Coroners Form has been issued.

The Cremation 1 Form will ask for some medical details such as whether or not the deceased has a pacemaker or similar device. These have to be removed before the cremation can take place. Certain items such as glass, bottles, aerosols or pressurised containers cannot be placed in the coffin if the deceased is going to be cremated, please contact your our Crematorium office on 01744 677406 for further guidance.

You can choose what you want to happen to the ashes following the cremation. Your Funeral Director or Crematorium Staff can explain what choices are available to you or you can read more in our  choices after cremation booklet. (PDF) [7MB] (opens new window)

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