This is not an exhaustive list, and you certainly don’t need to do everything on the list, but this will give you an idea of the things you might need to think about. There are no legal requirements to engage a funeral director or a minister/celebrant. You can, if you wish, do the whole thing yourself.
However, a good funeral director will assist with any or all of these details, and a minister or celebrant will help you or your loved ones plan the funeral service and its contents at an emotionally delicate time.
Choose between burial and cremation
Choose a burial site or crematorium
Choose the location of the service
Choose whether to arrange family viewing
Plan and write an obituary
Transport for those attending funeral
Invite family and friends
Choose a coffin/casket/urn
Choose outfit for deceased
Pick a photograph to be shown at funeral
Organise the Order of service
Choose hymns and/or music
Choose poems, passages of scripture or other readings