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Death - funerals

In North Yorkshire, a number of services such as funerals and the management of cemeteries are the responsibility of your local district or borough council or local church.

Buying a grave

We do not provide burial services. In North Yorkshire, cemeteries are the responsibility of the district or borough councils, town or parish councils or local churches. They can provide information on the purchase of grave plots. You will need to contact the local authority for your area for more information.

Cost information

There are many options available when arranging a funeral and they vary in cost considerably. Some of the costs involved are called disbursements. These are fees paid to others, for example for the crematorium, minister, doctors' certificates, newspaper announcements and flowers. Ask the funeral director for a written quotation detailing all these fees. Your local district or borough council may be able to provide more specific information and advice.

Independent funerals

When arranging a funeral, you do not have to use the services of a funeral director. It is possible for you to make all the arrangements yourself. We are unable to advise you personally but, again, your local district or borough council can provide information and advice on arranging an independent funeral.

Low-cost funerals

If you are receiving benefits, or are on a low income, you may be entitled to receive financial help towards the cost of the funeral. We do not provide funeral services, so are unable to advise you personally. Your local district or borough council will be able to look at the benefits you receive, or your income, and advise you accordingly. You may also be eligible for a one-off payment towards the cost of the funeral.

Memorial construction

We do not provide memorial services. In North Yorkshire, the construction and maintenance of memorials is the responsibility of the district or borough councils. A wide range of memorials are available for both burial and cremation. You must get permission from your local authority before the memorial is erected as they are responsible for memorials meeting cemetery regulations. You need to contact them with the exact details of the construction of the memorial, the method of erection and the inscription.

This page was last updated on 13 October 2016