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What should I do when someone dies?

If they've died at home, call your doctor who will issue you with a Medical Certificate of Cause of Death. Within five days, take this to your local registry office to get a Death Certificate. Use Dead Right to help you connect with a local funeral director. The government's 'Tell us Once' service informs all government departments of the death. Probate can be handled later.

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How do I organise a funeral?

There are some practical steps that need to be organised before the funeral planning can start. These include getting the death certified by a medic, registering the death at the Registry office and informing the government via 'Tell us Once'.

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How do I choose a funeral director?

When choosing a funeral director it is obviously important to find someone you have a personal connection with. Someone who is going to be on your wavelength emotionally, practically and ready to work to your budget.

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How much is a funeral?

In the UK in 2016, according to Sun Life insurance, the average cost of a basic funeral was £3,897 which included fees for the funeral director, cremation or burial itself, the doctor, minister or celebrant. In a way there is no such thing as an 'average' funeral. Every person is different and so of course every funeral should be different too.

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What should I do when someone dies?

It can of course be a difficult time when someone has died. However, by breaking what needs to be done into a series of small steps, it is easier than you think to get everything organised. If you get stuck, bear in mind that funeral directors deal with these situations daily so are there to help.

Depending on where someone has died, you will first need to get a Medical Certificate of Cause of Death issued. So, either the hospital or your doctor can do this for you. Once you have this then you need to register the death with The Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages at your local registry office. You may also find it useful to take along further proof of identity such as a passport or driving license however this is not mandatory. You will then be issued with a Death Certificate and a Certificate for Burial or Cremation. A good source of further information is the government website: www.gov.uk/after-a-death/overview. And of course your local funeral director will be highly experienced and able to offer advice.

How do I organise a funeral?

Whilst that process is taking place, the first thing to think about is what would have suited the person who's died and importantly what is going to suit those still alive. You'll be needing to juggle what you can afford, how much time you've got for planning and where all your different family members are based.

Another key decision is which funeral director you are going to use. It is important that you find someone who understands your needs emotionally, practically and financially. We hope that our site can make things easy for people to find the funeral director that's right for them. Simply put in your first thoughts about what you'd like and we'll generate a list of funeral directors in your area, with not only with guide prices but also whether or not they might be able to help you with a funeral theme if you're after something a bit more personalised.

How do I choose a funeral director?

In addition to finding a funeral director you connect with and can afford, another important consideration is ensuring that they belong to a professional association as these usually have service assurance guarantees. You may already have an idea of who you want to use but even so it is always worth comparing before you make your final choice. You may be surprised by the different options that funeral directors will be able to offer and there may be possible savings to made. Make sure you do things your way. We can make it easy getting to a short list. Simply key in your postcode and make your selection of the funeral elements you would like. Add a theme if this is something you are interested in. You'll then be offered a list of funeral directors in your area who will be able to help you.

How much is a funeral?

The price of the funeral will be affected by the choices you make. On our site the prices displayed will depend on the elements you choose when planning your funeral. So you are in control of whether to include the different elements which are important to you. These prices will not include third party fees or 'disbursements'. Third party fees can vary widely depending where you live however the average UK figure in 2015 was £1016 (Co-op Funeralcare).

It is possible to tailor your funeral in the way that you want from the very simple to the very lavish. It is easy to understand that if you chose lots of vehicles or elaborate flowers that your costs might rise. Similarly if you chose to handle many of the elements yourself then you may be able to significantly reduce your costs. However one element people may not be aware of when budgeting for a funeral is third party fees.

Third party fees for cremation usually include cremation fees, doctors fees (ex. Scotland) and an officiant, minister or celebrant to lead the service. You may also be asked whether you want a marker or memorial stone in the crematorium and there can sometimes be a charge for scattering ashes at a particular site.

For burial expect to see a burial (interment) fee, doctors fees, service fee (at a church or other venue) and again a fee for someone to run the service. Other fees to be aware of are musicians, grave diggers, a grave stone and of course the purchase of burial plot. In some parts of the UK churchyards are getting full so charges can be high and it may not be possible to secure a plot in the graveyard of your choice unless you have reserved in advance.

However many new businesses have emerged in response to this need such as natural or woodland burial sites. These can often be a more affordable and natural burial option for those who are not religious or cannot access a suitable churchyard. Bear in mind that third party fees can not only vary by region but can also be affected by the time of day or day of the week that you plan your service. Your funeral director will be able to help you with a guide figure.

Are there rules I must follow for a funeral?

The world of the funeral is changing. You no longer have to follow any rules and you are free to plan your funeral, your way. Funeral services can be full of colour and music - nearly half of us now say we want a celebration of life reflecting the passions of the individual.

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What should I wear to a funeral?

Just because it's a funeral doesn't mean you have to follow any rules. These days as many as one in four of us would like to ditch the funereal black, to have bright colours at our funeral and dare we say, bring a little life to the occasion.

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What kind of coffin can I have?

Coffins nowadays can come in all shapes and sizes. We may not all be able to afford a golden casket like Michael Jackson indeed you want something for a very simple funeral, something for an eco funeral or perhaps a themed coffin to reflect the passions and interests of the deceased.

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How can I make my funeral unique?

At Dead Right we believe passionately in the right of people to do things their way. Both in terms of the lives they lead and the way they celebrate that life when it ends. We would urge people to create the ceremony they want in a way which is personal to them.

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Are there rules I must follow for a funeral?

For people who may be wondering how much funerals cost or worrying about the expense, they may be reassured to know that it is possible to plan either elaborate or very simple funerals. The most important thing is to do it your way, whether that is fancy or plain and that fits with your budget.

For some people the idea of a cheap funeral may seem like a compromise but for many of us there is simply no choice and we need to spend every penny carefully. By using our database of independent funeral directors we connect people with a local funeral director who will be able to help, at a price that's right. Whether it is with an affordable coffin or even a direct cremation. A direct cremation is a service where the funeral director will take the body to be cremated, at a time convenient to both the crematorium and the funeral director. The ashes are then returned so you can organise a get together with friends at a time that works for you.

Other people, with deeper pockets, may be after something far more lavish. People are now planning celebrations of life which have a theme to reflect the passions of someone's life whether they're a nature lover, a party lover or sports fan. You can now plan a themed funeral and get a bespoke themed coffin, unique flower arrangements, themed funeral stationery and even a keepsake to remember the service and the individual. Add this to your plan if this is something you are interested in or if there is an alternative theme you would like, ask your funeral director as they may be able to help.

What should I wear to a funeral?

What you wear to a funeral should be all about reflecting the person who's died. If they were formal, then formal attire would feel right. If they were an out and out extrovert then the louder the better. Some people are even choosing to go one step further with fancy dress starting to be worn in memory at the funeral service or after party. For example, recently a funeral director dressed as Darth Vader for a Star Wars fan and at the funeral of Cynthia Payne, the infamous madame, her coffin bearers and mourners dressed as policemen and french maids. If you have an idea that you'd like to make happen, speak to your funeral director to see if they can help.

What kind of coffin can I have?

When Henry Ford offered the Model T Ford in 'any colour so long as it's black'... for a long time it seemed the same was true of coffins. But coffins have come a long way. The traditionalists are still well served with a wide selection of natural wood or wood finishes, metal handles and colours that will create a truly formal occasion. For those on a budget there are an increasing number of options to help people - from cardboard to low cost MDF or even a burial shroud. Whilst those with a passion for the environment have never been so well served.

There is now a huge range of eco-friendly options - not just from biodegradable materials such as cardboard or willow but also unusual materials such as locally sourced wool or bamboo. One option which is increasingly popular is to create a themed funeral with the coffin printed to reflect the passions or personality of the deceased. So whether they were a sports lover or an artist, a party queen or musician, you can now create a coffin which will truly reflect them as an individual.

How can I make my funeral unique?

We are remarkably free in the UK to do funerals however we want and you will find that your local funeral director will be able to help you create a unique and memorable event. So although people will be sad, you will nevertheless be able to create a 'happy' moment that sums up all that was loved about a person.

We are working with the independent funeral directors to develop funeral themes following the passions and hobbies which have made people's lives fun and memorable. At the moment we have focused on sport - with a golf and football theme, nature lovers with a package to suit both eco warriors and those who believe in the cycle of life. For creative types there is a music option and for the people with a lust for life we have two packages: for those who loved to raise a glass and for those who loved a bit of glamour and sparkle. However over time we want to create more of these so that they are as broad and varied as the lives we all lead. So let your funeral director know or send us a message if there are ideas for a theme that you would like to see.

How to remember the ones you love?

Of course we all know about how important it is for some people to visit a grave and place flowers. However for those of you who don't go to church yards feel free to remember in your own way.

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Is there life after death?

Well probably none of us will know until we get there... but one thing which is certain, is the cycle of life. Whether you prefer burial or cremation there is a way for you to live on after your death through the natural world.

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How do I get support if I am sad?

For many of us dealing with a bereavement may be one of the most challenging events we have to handle. There are many wonderful support groups available to help. We can recommend: Cruse Bereavement Care and Child Bereavement UK.

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How do I get financial help if I can't afford a funeral?

Firstly, you may be surprised to learn how much you might save through shopping around and comparing Funeral Directors. Research has shown that prices between funeral directors can vary by as much as £1300.

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How to remember the ones you love?

Many of us end up having to organise our first funeral at a time of distress which can make it hard to know not only what we want but more importantly what would the person who has died would have wanted. For some, tradition can be a great help at these times as it is possible to default to the way things have always been done. Rituals and their repetition creating their own way to soothe. However for other people these may be traditions which feel a long way removed from the way they want to do things: traditions from a bygone era when Queen Victoria was mourning her beloved Albert. For those people who seek something different we would urge you to follow your instincts, be creative and create a celebration of a life well lived that you will treasure for ever. For example, for the party people, why not get a personalized shot glass to raise a toast when you all get together to remember your friend. For the nature lovers you could plant a tree in the garden or wild-flower seeds to scatter in the countryside.

We have created some themes to suggest popular passions you might want to reflect but these are just the beginning. Within each theme you will get not only a themed coffin but also a specially created flower tribute, funeral stationery to match and a keepsake for everyone attending. These vary according to the theme but will be a small token to remind you after the event of the passions of life well lived. We can even help your funeral director if you have your own idea that you would like help creating.

Is there life after death?

Whether you're a sinner or saint, whatever may happen to our souls, our bodies still need to be disposed of. Eco funerals these days can take many forms. For some people burial is seen as a way of returning nutrients to the earth while others prefer cremation with carbon released into the atmosphere. There are now eco funeral businesses which can help your ashes grow from a degradable urn into a tree which will live on or burial grounds where trees can be planted and enriched by the nutrients of your body. Our funeral planners can help your funeral director plan a Nature Lover themed funeral to suit your life. You could also consider planting a tree in memory or giving seeds to mourners as a keepsake to plant after the ceremony.

How do I get support if I am sad?

Of course a bereavement is a time when family and friends can support each other. It is worth acknowledging that everyone reacts to grief differently. If you don't have family or friends to help then you may well also find that there are online communities which can connect you with other people in a similar situation. The online world and social media have made it much easier for communities of support to be created. Another recent development is the arrival of 'Death Cafes' in the UK. This is a movement which started with the Cafe Mortels in Switzerland and is growing. In the UK it began in 2011 and now more than 3500 have taken place globally. People meet up informally in a cafe to share their thoughts and emotions around death over tea and cake. Anyone can attend and there is no fixed agenda.

How do I get financial help if I can't afford a funeral?

If you are on a tight budget think about which elements of the funeral that are important to you. Not everyone wants or needs the same things so try do what's right for you, rather than feeling pressured by the expectations of others. At a difficult time, you may not have the time or energy to call around lots of different businesses. This is where Dead Right can help. We have created a database of all local funeral directors so that you can find out what they offer, and easily connect with someone to help you and at a price to suit your needs.

If you are on a really tight budget there are also elements of the funeral you may wish to handle yourself. For example, if you or your friends have an estate car then you can use this instead of a hearse. You may have family who are strong enough to carry the coffin. Given the recent economic challenges many people have been facing, some funeral directors will even offer a direct cremation. This is where they will organise a cremation directly with the crematorium at a time of their convenience. Family & friends do not attend but the ashes are returned after the event.

If you are worried about the cost of the funeral then you may be eligible for government support and should contact the Department of Work and Pensions. Unfortunately these government payments may be hard to access and insufficient to cover any more than a direct cremation. They may not be released immediately so you may have a cashflow issue. Another option to explore is to contact an initiative called 'Down to Earth' which has been created by the Quaker Social Action group to give help and funeral advice to families who are struggling to meet the costs of a funeral. And finally charity websites such as www.justgiving.com could be a way for you to reach out to both family and strangers to help fund the funeral rather than bearing this cost alone. Last year 2000 funerals were funded in this way with an average of £1000 being raised per page.

About Us

About Us

At Dead Right we passionately believe that technology can help people make funerals as personal and unique as the lives they've lived. For some this means a celebration. So we're creating an online marketplace for funeral directors and suppliers who can inspire and help people make their ideas a reality.

In an environment where many people have been under unnecessary financial pressure we want to help people spend their money in the way that means most to them.

We are a team of highly experienced, successful digital and brand entrepreneurs launching a new online business to shake up the funerals market.

The team have experience in helping consumers better understand opaque markets and have created a Dead Right symbol to highlight funeral directors with a flair for personalisation - who can help you do things your way.

Sir John Hegarty

Sir John Hegarty

"We're entering a market that has 100% penetration, & a market seeking change. We want to be at the forefront of that, which is Dead Right."

Felicity Stinton

Felicity Stinton

"I am a passionate believer in living life on your own terms. Dead Right is all about helping people do things their way."

Steve Willey

Steve Willey

"I am excited to bring positive attitudinal and behavioural change to the funeral planning customer experience with Dead Right, allowing users and Funeral Directors to connect and deliver services in a way that meets modern day demands"

Thomas Teichman

Thomas Teichman

"Everyone apart from you and me are going this way... So we might as well make a meal of it."

Nick Kendall

Nick Kendall

"I like markets where people are looking for change, there is always opportunity in change"

Jay Neale

Jay Neale

"My passion is using technology to shake up markets, democratise access and put consumers in control"

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Sports Fan

Sports Fan

Whether you love to play or love to watch. We have all sorts of ideas to reflect your passion.

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Nature Lover

Nature Lover

From living in tune with nature to living on after you've gone - our ideas can help make your send off as natural as your life.

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Creative

Creative

Whether you're a music lover our funeral planners can help you with a truly creative celebration.

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Lust for Life

Lust for Life

For those that are the life and soul of the party, or love to sparkle, let us help create an event your friends and family will really remember as a true reflection of you.

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Sports Fan

Golf

If you choose our golf theme then you will get a coffin printed with the design of a golf course on a glorious summer’s day. Your flower tribute will be a putting green with flag, for the ultimate 'hole in one' that we all dream of. We have also designed funeral stationery to match the golf theme and your funeral director will help you complete the details.

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Football

If you choose our football theme, your coffin will be printed with a football pitch and ball with a matching flower tribute. A reminder of happy times playing or watching the ‘beautiful game’. We have funeral stationery which can match and your funeral director can help you with the details.

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Nature Lover

Eco-warrior

This theme is for those keen to live in harmony with the environment. The hand-crafted coffin is made of sustainably sourced rattan. The flower tribute is a woodland pillow with flowers in purple. The stationery is made from 100% recycled paper and can be personalised with your own message. The keepsakes in this theme are made from recycled paper in the shape of woodland birds and impregnated with UK wildflower seeds. People will be able to plant them after the ceremony as a lovely way to remember the deceased.

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The Great Outdoors

This theme is for all the nature lovers - with a coffin printed with a beautiful design of the four seasons. The flower tribute is a pillow covered in green and accented with purple flowers. The stationery shows a beautiful view with a bicycle and your funeral director can work with you to include personal details. The keepsake for this theme is a white dove created from plantable seed paper so your guests will be able to plant it in the garden as a beautiful reminder of the happy times spent in the countryside.

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Creative

Music

This is the theme for someone with music in their heart and soul. The coffin is covered with musical notes and the flower tribute is in the shape of a treble clef. Your funeral stationery also follows a musical theme and your funeral director will work with you to agree your details.

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Lust for Life

Raise a Glass

This is the theme for those who loved to squeeze a good time out of every moment of life. There’s a coffin printed like an ice cold beer and the flower tribute is a 3D pint glass with flowers bubbling at the top of the glass. The funeral stationery also follows the theme of ‘good times’ and the keepsake is a shot glass so every guest will be able to raise a glass in memory of the happy, crazy times enjoyed together.

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Glitterati

This is the theme for someone who always liked to sparkle. We have a coffin decorated with crystals in a butterfly pattern and the flower tribute has beautiful crystals incorporated within the design. The stationery ties in with the sparkling theme and the keepsakes are butterflies made from recycled paper impregnated with rose petals and wild flower seeds. A great way for the beautiful to live on.

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