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Who does what

This is a simplified list of bullet points to give an indication of who is responsible for certain aspects of the funeral arrangements. This is by no means a definitive list and as with most things, there are always exceptions to the norm.


  • Appointing a funeral director
  • Making the decisions
  • Proposing the convenient dates for the funeral
  • Liaising with the minister/service celebrant in respect of the content of the funeral service
  • Registering the death

Funeral director

  • Making suggestions for the funeral
  • Making all arrangements as per the instructions of the family/executors
  • Ensure funeral costs are properly considered
  • Ensure the family/executors are reminded of tasks they need to complete minister/funeral celebrant
  • Make contact with the family
  • Make suggestions to the family about the content of the service