Contrary to popular belief, funerals can be organised without the services of a funeral director.
A funeral director typically organises a funeral by collecting and moving the body, arranging embalming and viewing of the deceased, providing a coffin, hearse and other elements.
Carrying out these services can be a relief for the bereaved family, allowing someone else to take control of difficult and upsetting tasks during a difficult time.
However, some people choose not to use a funeral director.
It is entirely the choice of the family whether they wish to use the services of a funeral director or wish to organise proceedings themselves. Funerals organised without a funeral director are known as "personalised" or "independent".
If you choose a personalised or independent funeral, we can support you. Please bear in mind that many funeral directors will not sell a coffin or hire out a hearse unless the full funeral package is purchased, so you may have to make alternative arrangements or hire a vehicle.
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