Arranging a burial without a funeral director

How to organise an independent funeral.

Most people use a professional funeral director to make and carry out the arrangements. 

However, if preferred, you can organise the funeral independently. Such a funeral is sometimes called a “personalised”, “independent” or “family-only” funeral. 

If you haven’t done so already, What to do when someone dies on GOV.UK gives step-by-step guidance on registering the death, notifying the government and dealing with the estate.

Get in touch with your local bereavement services office for further advice on independent funeral arrangements. 

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Barrow office

Covering Barrow, Dalton and Ireleth Cemeteries, Thorncliffe Crematorium, Barrow and enquires for the Barrow area.

Phone: 01229 876542


Kendal office

Covering Kendal, Windermere, Bowness, Grasmere, Ulverston, Grange and Sedbergh Cemeteries and enquires for the South Lakeland area.

Phone: 01539 793554


Penrith office

Covering Penrith, Appleby, Alston, Garrigill and Nenthead and enquires for the Eden area.

Phone: 01768 212251