THE FUNERALS MARKET INVESTIGATION ORDER 2021
Following a legally binding order by the Competition and Markets Authority, funeral directors are being required by law to display in a clear and prominent manner a standardised price list in funeral home branches and online if they have a website or market their business online. All funeral directors are required to comply with this by September 16, 2021.
COVID-19 AND FUNERALS
Funerals have been severely affected by coronavirus social distancing measures. There are currently a range of restrictions affecting how people attend a funeral service and this varies across the four jurisdictions of the UK. Crematoria, cemetery and burial ground operators may also have imposed local limits on the number of mourners at services. Bereaved families are advised to check with their funeral director for details of local restrictions.
To find a local funeral director, members of the National Society of Allied and Independent Funeral Directors (SAIF) can be found here and members of the National Association of Funeral Directors (NAFD) can be found here.
Further information on the Government’s latest attendance rules for funerals can be found here.
Arranging a funeral
Arranging a funeral is something nobody wants to think about, but knowing where to start and what to do will make the process easier.
Choosing a funeral director
For many people, choosing a funeral director will be down to a matter of recommendation from family or friends. But in the age of the internet and social media, it’s worth doing some research.
The day of the funeral
Apart from travelling to the place of the funeral, what else happens on the day itself? There are a range of considerations to think about.
There is a wealth of information about death and bereavement throughout the internet. Here are some useful links to organisations that provide a range of support services and advice.