Skip to content

We use cookies to make the site simpler. Find out more about cookies

Close alert

Arranging a funeral

A funeral can usually only take place after you register the death. Most people use a funeral director but you can arrange a funeral yourself if you wish.

Non-religious funerals 

A non-religious funeral (also known as a civil funeral) may be held anywhere except for religious buildings and churches. Cremation or burial is in a non-religious burial ground.

The British Humanist Association and Institute of Civil Funerals can help with non-religious funerals.

Funeral directors

Choose a funeral director who's a member of either:

These organisations have codes of practice and they must give you a price list when asked.

Arranging the funeral yourself

You can arrange a funeral without a funeral director. The Weymouth and Portland Bereavement Service can offer advice on this. There is information about arranging a funeral yourself on The Natural Death Centre website.

Help paying for a funeral

You could get a Funeral Expenses Payment if you get certain benefits and need help to pay for a funeral you're arranging.

Rate this page

Have some feedback?

Your feedback

This form is to report content that is wrong, issues you have with the pages or any feedback you have.

Contact us if you want to get in touch about a council service instead.

All fields are required.

Leave your email address so that we can provide a response.

This helps us direct your feedback to the appropriate council.

General data protection regulation (GDPR)

We will only use the personal information supplied by you in accordance with GDPR. By giving us this information you are consenting to such use as set out in our privacy notice.