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How to arrange a Civil Funeral

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What kind of funeral do you want?

When someone dies, family and close friends often face dozens of decisions about the funeral.  Should it be a burial or cremation?  What are the legal requirements?  Who should conduct the ceremony?  Where should it be held?  All these questions are obviously important but, at a time when emotional stress is high, it’s easy to forget perhaps the most important question of all – what kind of funeral do you really want?

Every family is different, and not everyone wants the same type of funeral. Your choice may be influenced by religious and cultural traditions, or by cost and personal preferences, or by the express wishes of the deceased.  And whilst the majority of people in the UK still choose a ‘traditional’ religious funeral service, an increasing number are finding that a Civil Funeral Ceremony is a more appropriate choice for them to make.  Your Funeral Director can help arrange a funeral containing a Civil Ceremony.

What is a Civil Funeral Ceremony?

A Civil Funeral Ceremony is, above all, a ceremony that reflects the wishes of the family and is focused on celebrating the life of the deceased.  It is both a dignified tribute and a highly personal memoir, created by a professional Celebrant in consultation with the family or executor.

Where can a Civil Funeral be held?

A Civil Funeral can be held almost anywhere you wish, except in churches or religious buildings.  The Ceremony is appropriate for either a creation or burial at any non religious burial ground or woodland burial site.

Who conducts a Civil Funeral Ceremony?

The person conducting the Ceremony will be a fully trained professional Celebrant.  They may also be, or have been, a Registrar.  (If the person is currently a Registrar, they will not be acting in their statutory capacity as a Registrar, when they conduct a Civil Funeral – their role as a Celebrant is a different and separate function).

How is a Civil Funeral Ceremony created?

The Civil Funeral Ceremony provides a comprehensive framework that allows you the freedom to make a range of choices about the content and style of the final Ceremony.  There’s a wide selection of readings to choose from, and you can include additional pieces that had a special meaning and significance for the deceased.  You can include items with religious references if you wish, such as a prayer or hymn.  The Celebrant will advise you of all the options available and help you decide how they should be arranged and presented.  You may like to include family members and friends in the ceremony as well as any music that you feel is appropriate.  In short, what is created is a Ceremony unique to the deceased: a tribute to, and a celebration of, their life, designed and conducted to reflect your express wishes and those of your loved one.

How can I arrange a Civil Funeral Ceremony?

Please contact The Register Office to arrange a Civil Funeral Service. Your Funeral Director or a relative or a friend may make the call if you wish.  A Civil Funeral Celebrant will then contact you as soon as possible and arrange to meet you.  This meeting can be at your home or you can make other arrangements to meet.  At this first meeting all the available options to you will be discussed and explained.  You’ll also be asked to provide as much information as possible about the deceased.  You may feel it helps to have another member of the family or a close friend with you at this time.  Following the meeting the Funeral Celebrant will create a Ceremony that reflects your instructions.  You will then have the opportunity to check the details before the Ceremony.  The Celebrant always delivers the Ceremony from a script.  Families who would like a copy of this can request one to be sent to them after the Ceremony.

How much will a civil funeral cost?

The fee for Civil Funeral is £155 inc.

Do you need to contact us?

Contact Dudley Citizenship & Registration Services online or telephone 01384 815373. Please note our lines are quieter in the afternoons.