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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:

  • Registering the death - in some instances, especially if the person has died at home, it can take a few days for the death to be registered. This is likely because the doctor may have to verify the death, or a post-mortem may have to take place. Once the death has been registered, your designated funeral home will receive the Green Certificate which allows them the go-ahead to begin planning the funeral, while the physical copy of the death certificate will be posted out to you.
  • Religion - different religions often need to account for specific ceremonies and rituals surrounding a death - and this can often dictate the time the death takes place. For example, in some religions, the deceased's funeral must take place the day after they have died for religious reasons.
  • Personal preference - it may be that the person who died had specific preferences regarding the date of his funeral, for example, allowing enough time for international relatives to attend.
  • Funeral director/crematorium availability - if there is a high demand for funerals, as such demonstrated by the Coronavirus pandemic, this can cause delays for when the funeral is able to take place. Public holidays such as Christmas can also have an effect on the availability of the funeral home, cemetery or the crematorium.

How long does it take to arrange a funeral

Arranging the funeral itself can take a couple of weeks. There are certain things that, as a family, you will need to decide on, such as:

  • Flowers
  • Coffin
  • Cremation or burial
  • Burial/cremation outfit for the deceased
  • Order of service
  • Funeral notice
  • Wake

All these things have different timelines, for example, the order of service may take longer to produce than deciding on the flowers, as the copy will need to be written, the photo selected, and it will then need to go to print. Your designated funeral home will take care of ensuring all the decisions are made in plenty of time before the day comes.

However, that's why arranging a prepaid funeral plan can save your family and loved ones a lot of time and money when the time comes, as well as alleviating stress making decisions around what the deceased would have wanted. By choosing this route, you can plan your own funeral, and pay in monthly instalments to ensure that loved ones won't have to worry about financial burdens. Learn more about how funeral plans work.

When can I have a funeral?

When choosing a date for your funeral, there are a few things you should take into consideration. This includes:

  • Accounting for international family or friends who may need to travel a long distance for the funeral
  • Avoiding any upcoming events or celebrations, such as birthdays or anniversaries
  • Avoiding any dates where close family or friends are unable to attend

When it comes to deciding which day of the week you would like your funeral, typically, most funerals take place during the week - often around late morning or around midday. This then allows time afterwards for a wake or reception to take place. If you require your funeral to take place on a weekend, this is uncommon, but it is possible - however, it's likely that a Saturday or Sunday will be more expensive, as funeral directors, cemeteries and crematoria will typically charge extra.

For more information on how long it takes to arrange a funeral, or how long after a death a funeral takes place, get in touch with our team of experts. Alternatively, browse through our selection of prepaid funeral plans now.

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