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Arranging the funeral

Do not make final funeral arrangements until you are sure that you do not have to report the death to the coroner. This may affect the date when the funeral can be held.

Find out if there is a will, as this may give details of what the person wanted for their funeral arrangements.

If you arrange for a funeral, you are responsible for paying the bill. So check first where the money will come from and if there will be enough to cover all the costs.

There are some laws about what to do after someone has died. Their death needs to be registered and the body needs to be properly taken care of by either burial or cremation. See page 25 about Funeral Payments.

If you need to arrange a burial or funeral service in line with a particular religion, you can get advice from a minister of that religion or from the religious organisation that the person who died belonged to.

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