"Funerals have always been about what humans do rather than about what they buy when someone they love dies."
From 'The Good Funeral: Death, Grief and the Community of Care' by Thomas G. Long and Thomas Lynch
Our Funeral Celebrant Members often speak with members of the public who have been misled by ill informed professionals.
Below is a list of urban myths, misinformation - and complete rubbish - all of which we have heard from people who have contacted us.
The only legal requirement in the UK for funerals is that the death must be certified and registered, and the body must be disposed of.
('Disposal means disposal by burial, cremation or any other means, and 'disposed of' has a corresponding meaning' - source Births and Deaths Registration Act, 1926.)
You do not have to employ a funeral director
We hear regularly from families who have been told by a crematorium or cemetery office that they don't deal with the public, and that the funeral must be booked by a funeral director.
Please let us know if you are told this, and we will be more than happy to make contact on your behalf and correct the individual concerned!
Here are the facts, as stated by the Institute of Cemetery and Crematorium Management in response to a query about a council that would only permit funeral directors registered with them to carry out funerals in their cemeteries:
"A local authority (or any other burial ground owner) can not insist that a bereaved person must employ a funeral director.
Provided that the Registrar's Certificate or Coroner's Order for Burial is delivered with an interment form prior to the burial, and the deceased is brought to the cemetery with enough people to carry and lower the coffin, it must be permitted."
Common Misapprehensions and Urban Myths
ALL OF THE ABOVE ARE UNTRUE
Thanks to the Natural Death Centre
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