Practical advice

Planning a funeral can feel overwhelming, especially if you’ve never done it before. It can be hard to find the information you need to make decisions that are right for you.

We’ve collected some practical advice to help you. It covers situations you may face before someone dies, planning for the funeral itself and sources of support after the funeral is over.

We know it’s sometimes easier to talk. So, if you have any questions about funerals that are not covered here, or want to chat through anything with one of our team, we’d love to hear from you. Just pick up the phone, drop us an email or pop into our HQ in Lambeth cemetery. Contact us.

A funeral director should always allow you to take your time, ask questions and not make you feel rushed or pressured.

Planning ahead

How to plan your own funeral

How to talk about funerals: a resource for carers

How to get an estimate for funeral costs

When someone dies

How to care for someone who has died at home

How to do death admin

A natural approach to death: why you don’t need to embalm

What happens when you visit someone at Poppy’s

Planning the funeral

How to do more for yourself when planning a funeral

How to plan an eco-friendly funeral

How to find help in paying for a funeral

How to have a lower cost funeral

What is a natural burial?

What is a simple cremation?

How to choose a funeral celebrant

How to choose a crematorium

How to choose flowers for a funeral

How to create a funeral order of service

After the funeral

Seven things you need to know about keeping or scattering ashes

Grief and bereavement resources

To read more ‘how to’ guides, advice and guidance, visit our Talking Death blog.