Frequently Asked Questions

In this section we hope you will find answers to the commonly asked questions about what happens when someone dies, and the necessary arrangements that need to be put in place in order to arrange a funeral.

Whilst there are many similarities in regulatory and cultural practices across the United Kingdom, there are a number of crucial differences. Therefore to help you get the most out of this website, we have provided separate sections for different parts of the country. Please click the relevant button below.


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If you have a question that is not answered here, the National Association of Funeral Directors would be delighted to assist. You are welcome to contact our head office team by emailing or search for a local NAFD member.