How to arrange and manage a low-cost direct cremation funeral?

This page covers everything you need to know to arrange a low-cost funeral.
By each relevant section, there are direct links to relevant Government departments covering every aspect to make your task as simple as possible. 


What you need to register a death.

  • You must take the medical certificate showing the cause of death with you

  • You should also try to bring the deceased's:

  • Birth certificate

  • NHS medical card

  • Proof of the deceased address, like a utility bill

  • Council tax bill

  • A driving licence or passport

  • Marriage or civil partnership certificate

  • Don’t worry if you can’t find all these documents – you will still be able to register the death without them. The registrar will also want to know:

  • The deceased’s full name (at the time of their death)

  • Any other names that the deceased used (e.g. a maiden name)

  • Their date and place of birth, including the town and county if they were born in the UK, or just the country if they were born abroad.

  • Their occupation or last occupation if now retired

  • The full name of their husband, wife or civil partner, if they have died

  • Details of any state pension or other state benefit they were receiving


How to register a death?

UK Government has changed the rules during the Coronavirus lockdown, and it is currently not necessary to physically visit the Register Office in person.  The various documents may be scanned and sent electronically.


Or visit your local England or Wales Register Office

Visit the Government website.

Or visit your local Scottish Register Office

Visit the Government website.


Who can register a death?

If the death occurred inside a house or public building such as a hospital, the following people may register the death:

  • A relative

  • Someone who was present at the death

  • The occupier of the house or an official from the public building where the death occurs, e.g. the hospital

  • The person making the arrangements with the funeral director

If the death took place elsewhere, the following list of people may register the death.

  • A relative

  • Someone who was present at the death

  • The occupier of the house or an official from the public building where the death occurs, e.g. the hospital

  • The person who is in charge of the body

  • A funeral director is not allowed to register the death


Complete your online application

We have a simple application process where we will ask you for all the relevant details and payment. 

COVID-19: guidance for arranging or attending funerals during the coronavirus pandemic

During COVID19 it is not possible to conduct funerals and cremations as before. Attendance at funerals either in church or at a crematorium is limited to 25 persons.

"GoDirectCremations were a lifesaver. Well, not quite. I can't tell you how helpful GoDirectCremations were after my father died. I'd never had to do any "death admin" before and, frankly, didn't know where to start. GoDirectCremations managed the whole thing: transport from the care home, certificates, cremation and final delivery of the ashes. They kept me informed every step of the way. I always knew what was happening and what would happen next. It was probably the most stress free part of the whole process. My father always said he wanted a no-nonsense funeral. GoDirectCremations were able to provide that and dealing with them meant I could spend more time helping my children come to terms with our loss and more time with my father's friends, which I know would have been important to him. Now we have the ashes, we are able to plan a more relaxed thanksgiving ceremony at a time of our choosing. I couldn't recommend GoDirectCremations enough" Ewan McCowen


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