Family arranged burials

If you wish to arrange a funeral without using a funeral director please contact our office and we will be happy to advise you. We aim to balance your needs with the views and wishes of other cemetery users. For this reason, as well as keeping to the local regulations for the cemeteries, and burial law, we must follow certain codes of practice to do with coffins and methods of transport.

Funeral arrangements

Most people who want to arrange a funeral without using a funeral director have firm ideas of what they want to do and how they want to do it. However, others will be starting from scratch.

The following sources of help and information will probably help you plan the funeral.

Care for the deceased

Storing the body between the death taking place and the funeral is the responsibility of the person taking charge of the funeral. The Natural Death Handbook includes details of funeral directors who are prepared to provide a storage-only or storage-and-embalming service for families who want to arrange their own funerals.

Handbooks and leaflets

The Natural Death Handbook - A Manual for Improving the Quality of Living and Dying edited by Nicholas Albery, Gil Elliot and Joseph Elliot of the Natural Death Centre​ from the following address:

12 Blackstock Mews,
Blackstock Road,
London N4 2BT
Phone: 020 7359 8391
Fax: 020 7354 3831

Leaflet D49 - What to do after a death published by the Department of Social Security and available from Social Security offices, Citizens' Advice Bureaus or the Leaflets Unit, PO Box 21, Stanmore, Middlesex HA7 1AY

Contact details

Bereavement Services
South Essex Crematorium
Ockendon Road
RM14 2UY
Phone 01708 434433
Fax 01708 434422

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