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Please check the Havering registration services opening times for births, deaths and marriages before visiting or booking appointments. Check the Easter opening times


Most people use a funeral director to help guide them through the decisions that need to be made when arranging a funeral. ​​​

Choosing a funeral director

A good funeral director will be dedicated to helping you create a lasting memory that will be worthy of your loved one at such a sad time.​

They will be able to help you with the paperwork that is required and will pay some costs on your behalf, known as 'disbursements' which they will then include in their final invoice to you.  

These payments may include:

  • doctor's fees
  • celebrant fees 
  • cremation or burial fees

You should choose a funeral director who is a member of the National Association of Funeral Directors.

Both of these organisations have codes of practice so you can be sure that their members are committed to meeting your needs and providing you with a service delivered by qualified staff.

Independent funerals

You do not have to use a funeral director. If you wish to organise the funeral yourself, please ask us for an information leaflet. cemeteries@havering.gov.uk

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.

Please see the family arranged burials page for more advice.

Low cost funerals

If you are on a low income and are having difficulty paying for the funeral, you may be able to apply for a funeral payment. You will need to contact:

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