Your main choice is between burial and cremation – unless your religion prescribes one or the other. Cremation is almost always cheaper.

Remember: you can cut costs to a minimum by opting for direct cremation and holding a funeral/memorial and/or ash scattering event a few days, weeks or months later at a place and time that’s right for you and the person who died.

Pretty much all the information you need is on this website, so spend time learning all the other choices you have – or get your friend to do it for you.

Use the checksheet below, Buy only what you want, at the end of this document – print it out. Then you’ll be ready to ring your local funeral directors.