​ሕግንና ደንብን በተመለከተ እርዳታ ማግኘት ይፈልጋሉን? - Amharic | هل تحتاج لمساعدة قانونية؟ - Arabic | ܤܢܝܼܩܵܐ ܝ݇ܘ̤ܬ ܠܗܲܝܵܪܬܵܐ ܩܵܢܘܿܢܵܝܬܵܐ؟ - Assyrian | Need Legal Help? - Auslan | Treba li vam pravna pomoc? - Bosnian | Burmese â Need Legal Help? | 需要法律帮助吗? - Chinese Simplified | 需要法律幫助嗎? - Chinese Traditional | Trebate li pravnu pomoć? - Croatian | ضرورت به کمک قانونی دارید؟ - Dari | Wïc Kuɔɔny në Wɛ̈t Löŋ? - Dinka | آیا به کمک حقوقی نیاز دارید؟ - Farsi | Gadreva na Veivuke Vakalawa? - Fijian | Kailangan ninyo ba ng tulong na panglegal? - Filipino | Besoin d’aide juridique ? - French | Χρειάζεστε βοήθεια σε νομικά ζητήματα - Greek | क्या आपको कानूनी सलाह चाहिए? - Hindi | Butuhkan Bantuan dalam Masalah Hukum? - Indonesian | Hai bisogno di assistenza legale? - Italian | ត្រូវការជំនួយលើបញ្ហាផ្លូវច្បាប់ឬទេ? - Khmer | 법적인 도움이 필요하십니까? - Korean | Ви треба ли помош со правни работи? - Macedonian | कानूनी सहयोग चाहिएको छ? - Nepalese | Necessita de ajuda com questões jurídicas? - Portuguese | Вам нужна юридическая помощь? - Russian | E Manaomia Fesoasoani i Mea Tau Tulafono? - Samoan | а ли вам треба помоћ у правним питањима? - Serbian | Ma u baahan tahay Caawimmad xagga sharciga ah?- Somali | ¿Necesita ayuda con cuestiones jurídicas? - Spanish | சட்ட உதவி தேவையா? - Tamil | ท่านต้องการความช่วยเหลือทางด้านกฎหมายไหม? - Thai | Fiema’u ha tokoni Fakalao? - Tongan | Yasal Danışmaya İhtiyacınız mı var? - Turkish | Cần Được Giúp Đỡ Về Luật Pháp? - Vietnamese |

Funeral directions

If you are arranging a funeral, you should consider the wishes of the de​ceased.

A deceased may have left instructions about what they want to happen at their funeral. These instructions could have been something that the deceased said before they died, or something they wrote down in a note or letter.

The deceased may have also had: 

    Alert iconYou cannot cremate a deceased person who has made a written direction that they are not to be cremated. Any other directions about a funeral that a deceased person made in their will are not legally binding.

    Directions in a will

    A will is a written document that sets out the intentions of a person and explains how their estate will be distributed after they die. The person making the will is called the 'testator' (male) or 'testatrix' (female).

    Not all wills have directions about the funeral. If the deceased did make directions in their will, this is simply a statement of what funeral arrangements the deceased wanted.

    If you are an executor in the will you should ensure that you try to carry out the deceased's wishes and organise the funeral as directed in the will. This may reduce disputes among the families and friends of the deceased, who may feel strongly about the deceased's wishes.

    The specific directions may include:

    • whether the person prefers to be buried or cremated
    • the location of the burial or cremation
    • the type of coffin or floral arrangement
    • the type of music to be played at the service
    • any special requests.

    In some circumstances it may not possible to hold a funeral the way the deceased intended. For example, there may not be enough money in the estate, or the directions are unreasonable or difficult to carry out. If you are arranging and paying for the funeral, you may make arrangements that you consider to be appropriate.

    If there is no money in the deceased's estate to pay for the funeral you should consider what other options are available.

    For more information, see Paying for the funeral.

    Funeral plan

    If a deceased person has paid for their funeral before they died, the written agreement they made with the funeral director may include specific directions for the funeral.

    The funeral director should ensure that the deceased's wishes are followed.

    For more information, see Paying for the funeral.