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Whether you’re wondering how much a funeral costs, what a funeral director does or want to know more about funeral etiquette, our funeral guidance and advice section can help. Explore the below guides for funeral support.

Do you have to have a funeral?

There is no legal requirement to have a funeral when one passes away, however, there is a requirement in the Births and Deaths Registration Act 1953 that states that you must 'dispose of the body of the person who has died by burial, cremation or any other means'. This does not mean that you are required to have a traditional funeral - so, what are your options if you, or a loved one, choose not to have a funeral?

  • Posted 3rd August 2021
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What happens if you can't pay for a funeral?

The average cost of a traditional funeral has increased in recent years. The price of a burial now averages at £4,321 while the cost of a cremation is around £3,266. These prices can sometimes be overwhelming in times of mourning, especially if the deceased has not arranged a prepaid funeral plan. However, there are a number of options for those who cannot afford to pay for a loved one's funeral.

  • Posted 27th May 2021
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How to write a funeral speech

When it comes to saying goodbye to your loved one, writing a eulogy is one of the most common parts of a funeral service. It's not a mandatory element of the service, but especially in the UK, eulogies are often used to commemorate the life of a loved one.

  • Posted 13th May 2021
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Guide to funeral flowers meanings

When a loved one passes away, it's common for funeral flowers to be used for the service - whether it's a funeral at a cemetery, or a crematorium. However, as funerals hopefully don't play a part of our lives too frequently, it can be difficult to understand the various different funeral flowers and their meanings.

  • Posted 14th April 2021
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How long after someone dies is the funeral?

In the UK, after someone has died, the funeral will typically take place between 1 - 3 weeks afterwards. However, the duration of time between the death and the funeral will often depend on many factors, including:

  • Posted 12th March 2021
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A Guide to Funeral Etiquette

Unsure on what the correct funeral etiquette is? You've come to the right place. We've put together a handy guide on funeral etiquette for immediate family and friends who are either attending the funeral or planning it. Through this guide, you'll learn key tips on where to sit, what to wear, what to take to a funeral and more.

  • Posted 12th January 2021
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How much does a funeral cost?

In the UK, the average cost of a burial is £4,321*, whereas the average cost of a cremation is around £3,266*. However, how much a funeral will cost largely depends on not only if you choose a burial or cremation, but elements such as your location, the venue you choose for the wake, if you choose to use a funeral director and more. That’s why we’ve put together this guide which advises you on the average cost of a funeral, and what you need to consider when planning a funeral.

  • Posted 7th December 2020
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Planning a funeral in a pandemic

Living through a global pandemic is a testing experience on its own. However, having to the contend with the loss of a loved one during a time of such uncertainty is likely to cause emotional strain on families. That's why, here at Open Prepaid Funeral, we want to alleviate the emotional stress having a funeral in a pandemic can cause on families and loved ones as much as possible.

  • Posted 16th November 2020
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What is a humanist funeral service?

A humanist funeral service is a non-religious ceremony which celebrates the life of someone who has passed away. Often, this type of funeral is led by a humanist celebrant, or alternatively, you could also arrange your own non-religious memorial.

  • Posted 19th October 2020
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What makes a good funeral director?

When people are selecting a prepaid funeral plan, they want to ensure their wishes are taken care of; they are guaranteed of a smooth, seamless funeral process; and, ultimately, they have confidence in a plan which will take the added pressure off their loved ones when their time comes. That is where having a good funeral director on hand is integral. So, how should clients know what qualities to look for in a good funeral director?

  • Posted 21st September 2020
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How do funeral plans work?

In life, it's an inevitable fact that we will require a funeral one day. We don't always know when this time will be - and that's the trouble when it comes to planning. However, that's where Open Prepaid Funerals can help. By taking control over your funeral, you can protect loved ones from emotional and financial stress when the time comes. A prepaid funeral plan manages the logistics of the funeral, including the preparation of the funeral itself, as well as arrangements before and after the service. Learn more about how funeral plans work from our detailed guide.

  • Posted 24th July 2020
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Why we should keep talking about funeral plans

Over the last few months, the world has been exposed to a very difficult period - economically, emotionally and physically. As COVID-19 continues to impact our day to day lives in every corner of the globe, funeral planning has become a much more prevalent topic than ever before.

  • Posted 6th July 2020
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What does a funeral director do?

A funeral director, previously known as a mortician or undertaker, manages a funeral home and arranges the details of funerals. The role of the funeral director is not only to provide compassionate support to the grieving families alongside advice on the organisation of the funeral, but also work behind the scenes to ensure everything is managed on their behalf.

  • Posted 8th June 2020
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Funeral Planning Authority Registration Announced

We are pleased to announce that we have successfully become registered with the FPA (Funeral Planning Authority). We’ve shown that we meet the necessary criteria and have demonstrated compliance with their Rules and Code of Practice. The company is now officially an FPA registered provider of funeral plans.

  • Posted 16th April 2019
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Want to know the latest funeral costs information in the UK?

Here at Open Prepaid Funerals, we understand that planning a funeral can be a stressful time and unexpected costs can soon mount up. There are hundreds of sites and articles that try to dispel the myths associated to funeral planning, but with the national average of a funeral service standing at approximately £4,000, we want to show you exactly what types, services and products are typically associated to a funeral, and the financial impact of this.

  • Posted 24th October 2017
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Funeral Plan Price Changes

We have some important news to share with you that could make an immediate difference to your decision about taking out an Open Prepaid Funerals Plan.

  • Posted 7th May 2015
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Rising Cost of a Funeral

The cost of a funeral may not be something that you have given much thought to. However with the average cost of a funeral rising year on year, this subject is something you should consider sooner rather than later.

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