A funeral is a unique occasion – a funeral director can help you make arrangements that are appropriate to the person who has died and the preferences of the people making the arrangements.

Arranging a funeral may involve a great many choices. Ask your funeral director as many questions as you need and take your time unless you need to have the funeral very quickly. The funeral director will act on your behalf, contacting a faith minister or funeral celebrant and the cemetery crematorium.  The person who has died may have given instructions for their funeral in their Will or elsewhere. These are not binding if there is not enough money in the estate to pay for what they wanted or it is not possible for other reasons.

It may be possible to arrange a funeral without using a funeral director but please call us if you are thinking about this to talk through whether this is the best choice for you.


The National Association of Funeral Directors and the National Society of Allied and Independent Funeral Directors both have lists of funeral directors who are their members and who adhere to their Codes of Practice.

The National Association of Funeral Directors (NAFD)


National Society of Allied and Independent Funeral Directors (SAIF)


Or you can contact NBS on 0800 0246 121.


NBS offers support, signposting and legal guidance following a bereavement, as well as offering guidance to anyone planning ahead in anticipation of their own death.

 Company number 09333323


0800 0246 121

Office 10, Consett Innovation Centre, Ponds Court Business Park, Genesis Way, Consett, County Durham, DH8 5XP

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