Advance Funeral Wishes
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The only legal stipulations following a death are that:

  • The death must be certified and registered, and the body must be disposed of. ('Disposal' means disposal by burial, cremation or any other means, and 'disposed of' has a corresponding meaning' - source Births and Deaths Registration Act, 1926.)
  1. It is an offence to expose a dead body near a public highway as this would outrage public decency'.
  • Basically, as long as a dead body is covered up in some way in public, and suitably buried, cremated or disposed of by some other (legal!) means after the death has been certified and registered, there are no rules! Fran Hall from The Natural Death Society says:

 

Where misinformation and misunderstanding occur is when crematoria, cemeteries, hospital or mortuary staff or other official bodies make up their own rules, i.e. only allowing a funeral director to make arrangements with them for a burial or a cremation, or only permitting a funeral director to liaise with them about a body - ill informed people then assume that these regulations are the law. They are not.

 

Advance Funeral Wishes are a document you create to clarify you choices, preferences and decisions about what you would like to place following your passing from this life to your funeral and afterwards.

You may take the attitude that what happens after your death doesn’t matter, you won’t care, you’ll be dead - or you may have exacting plans for what should take place, where and how. Either way what is important, is to write it down, so those who are left behind know what your wishes are.

 It is amazing to think that the majority of us leave it to our loved ones to ‘guess’ what type of funeral we would have wanted! In these cases it can lead to arguments, tears and upset by families having to make such huge decisions at this most difficult time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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