Check the will to see if the person who has died has given any instructions for their funeral. It is generally up to the executor and the next of kin to decide whether to have a cremation or burial. The executor does not have to follow the instructions about the funeral left in the will, but of course doing so respects the wishes of the recently departed.
Cremation is the most popular method in the UK and it is normally a cheaper option since there is not the expense of a gravestone or burial plot, which can be particularly expensive in urban areas where land is scarce.
That said, certain religions will stipulate certain requirements. For example, Muslims and most Jews traditionally opt for a burial.
No one can be cremated until the cause of death is definitely known. In order for us to proceed with a crematorium we will need:
- an application form signed by the next of kin or executor and
- 2 cremation certificates. The first signed by the treating doctor and another signed by a doctor not involved with the treatment of the person who has died) or a cremation formed signed by the coroner
The second doctor will call you to ask brief questions relating to the circumstances of the deceased’s death. This is very much a formality and it should not cause you any concern.
One of the doctors will ask for our address and will forward the certificates directly to us.
Who’s in charge when I die
Your next of kin and your executor(s) are in charge when you die. If you have no will or no close relatives there can sometimes be complications.
Should I make a will
By making a Will you will ensure that your assets, no matter how small, are distributed in line with your wishes.
Making a Will
A will sets out how your estate (your assets) should be distributed, and names an executor(s) to take care of this task. A will is only valid if your signature has been witnessed by 2 adults who are not beneficiaries of the will in anyway.