How to prepare for a funeral

Aubrey Kirkham, funeral Director, Shrewsbury, ShropshireWhen a death occurs, whether it's in a hospital, care home, the deceased's home or elsewhere in the UK, a doctor must be notified as soon as possible. In hospitals and many care homes, the doctor will automatically be informed. If the cause of death is clear, the doctor should issue a Medical Form or Certificate and the Registrar will then issue a Death certificate. If there is any doubt about the cause of death, the Coroner may be informed. If, as a result of this, a post mortem examination is required, the issuing of a Death certificate may be delayed. Every death has to be registered with the local Registrar of Births & Deaths. We will be happy to assist you with this by providing advice.

The person in charge of the funeral, the next of kin or the executor, will normally have to sign a form authorising the transport of the deceased to the funeral director's premises.

We will guide you through all the arrangements.

Please remember that our staff are available to help relatives and friends 24 hours a day, every day of the year.

Organising a funeral doesn't have to be a daunting task and we will help you to provide the funeral you think is fitting and appropriate. After consultation with you we will issue a full, and transparently clear estimate for the cost of the funeral.


View our funeral costs price list here.


Planning a funeral for family members or friends can be a stressful and difficult experience at a very emotional time.

The practicalities of organising such an event can appear to be a daunting task, particularly when grieving the death of a loved one.

By spelling out the elements you’ll need to consider and listing some of the options available to you, these questions and answers are designed to guide you through the process.

Where do I start?

Who do I need to notify?

How do I choose the right funeral director?

How much is it likely to cost?

Should I consider a funeral plan?

What happens if I can't afford a funeral?

What burial choices are there?

How can I personalise the funeral?

What date should I set?

Inviting relatives and friends

How can I avoid any family conflict?

What happens afterwards?


Download and print our Funeral Q&A Guide here





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