How to Arrange A Home Funeral

cemetery-1758349_640Amongst many people still there may be an assumption that when someone dies and a funeral has to be arranged the services of a funeral director are required. That is not the case and you have a legal right to take on the role of funeral director yourself.

The Good Funeral Guide comments that funerals arranged like this are sometimes called DIY funerals. Because this may seem somewhat callous or offensive to those concerned, the Guide proposes the use of the term home funeral.

What’s involved in arranging one?

Keep in mind

  • probably the first thing you need to take on board is that organizing a home funeral is likely to involve a lot of hard work, time and effort, for which you may need the help of other family members of friends;
  • bear in mind too that things may go wrong – desperately wrong – and you may need to ask (and pay for) for a professional, such as a funeral director, to get things back on the right track;

Keeping the body

  • if you have taken on the role of funeral director, you may choose to keep the body at home until the day arrives for its burial or cremation;
  • this is a possibility unless the body has some infectious disease which might be communicated to you or others wanting to view the corpse – the doctor who signed the medical certificate confirming the cause of death is able to advise whether this is the case;
  • naturally, there are not going to be the same storage facilities as you are likely to find in a funeral home, the Good Funeral Guide suggests that the body may be kept at home for up to about a week provided it is laid out in a cool room – using a portable air-conditioning appliance if necessary;


  • at some stage, the body needs to be put into the coffin in which it is to be buried or cremated;
  • you might choose a traditional wooden coffin with brass fittings, but these days, there is a wide range of those made from alternative materials;
  • commonly known as eco-coffins, because of their environmentally friendly nature, these may be made from such diverse materials as wicker willow, bamboo, pandanus, banana leaves, cardboard or even wool;
  • there is no reason why you might not make the coffin yourself, using wood or any of these alternative materials;


  • wherever you choose for a burial site – on public or private land – care must be taken in digging the grave and each place is likely to have its own rules and standards on how this must be done;
  • because it takes skill and is potentially dangerous, you might want to consider hiring the services of a professional grave digger;

The service

  • you are not limited to any kind of religious service for the send-off, which may take any form and style for which the deceased has expressed a final wish or that you might consider appropriate.


it maybe wise to check to see if the deceased has a prepaid funeral plan in place as this can help offset the cost of a funeral.

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