This page covers how to arrange a funeral, the legal requirements, the documents you will need and the key decisions to make.
Many people use a professional funeral director to plan and arrange a funeral, as there is a lot to consider at a difficult time.
However, legally there is no requirement for you to use a funeral director and anybody can organise and arrange a funeral themselves. It is your decision, and our bereavement services staff are here to support you.
We can offer information and advice to help you to make the correct choice for either your own funeral arrangements or the arrangements for your loved one.
Many organisations available can also advise on how to personalise and plan a funeral. The Natural Death Centre can offer information and advice on how to arrange inexpensive, self-arranged and environmentally-friendly funerals. You can also get useful advice from Citizens Advice.
If you prefer not to use a funeral director please contact us and we can advise what you will need to do.
We advise using a funeral director who belongs to one of the professional associations, such as the National Association of Funeral Directors (NAFD) or the Society of Allied and Independent Funeral Directors (SAIF).
They will take care of the whole process, from legal documents, to arranging to care for the body until the funeral itself.
Salford City Council works in partnership with a local funeral director to offer affordable, professional funeral services. Information can be found at Salford Residents Funeral Services.
Local funeral director contact list
Kane Funeral Services (Salford Resident Funeral Service)
331 Bolton Rd, Salford M6 7GU
0161 536 2664
Alder Forrest Funeral Home
422 Worsley Road, Winton, Eccles, Salford, M30 8HQ
0161 707 8778
Bridgewater Funeral Service
27 Chaddock Lane Boothstown, Worsley, Salford, M28 1DB
0161 637 7550
Broadoak Independent Funeral Service
354 Worsley Road, Swinton, Salford, M27 0FH
0161 794 7499
Carriages Funeral Services Ltd
4 Barton Rd, Swinton, Salford, M27 5LJ
0161 794 9199
Co-Operative Funeralcare B Johnson & Sons
169 Liverpool Road, Cadishead, Salford, M44 5XH
0161 775 2173
Co-Operative Funeralcare B Littler & Sons
278 Lower Broughton Road, Salford, M7 2LA
0161 792 4108
Co-Operative Funeralcare Bridgford & Sons
23 Chorley Road, Swinton, Salford, M27 4AF
0161 793 1228
Co-Operative Funeralcare Bury
22 Silver Street, Bury, BL9 0EX
0161 764 4177
Co-Operative Funeralcare Cheetham
294 Bolton Road, Walkden, Salford, M28 3FJ
0161 790 2924
Co-Operative Funeralcare Eccles
204 Church Street, Eccles, Salford, M30 0LZ
0161 789 3083
Co-Operative Funeralcare Farnworth
175-177 Albert Road, Farnworth, Bolton, BL4 9HP
01204 573 280
Co-Operative Funeralcare J R Barlow & Son
238 Station Road, Pendlebury, Salford, M27 6BY
0161 794 2142
Co-Operative Funeralcare Laithwaites
15 Eccles Old Road, Salford. M6 7DE
0161 736 1414
Co-Operative Funeralcare Prestwich
438 Bury New Road, Prestwich, Manchester, M25 1BD
0161 773 1071
Co-Operative Funeralcare Salford
143 Cross Lane, Salford, Manchester, M5 4AP
0161 736 1487
Christopher Terry Funeral Services
620-622 Liverpool Road, Eccles, Manchester, M30 7NA
0161 707 5888
Hopkins Bray Funeral Services
33 Station Road, Manchester, M41 9JG
0161 748 6834
Howarths Funeral Service
2-4 Balmoral Rd, Farnworth, Bolton BL4 9HR
01204 707 775
John Tollitt Independent Funeral Service
10 Higher Road, Manchester, M41 9BQ
0161 748 4448
Lilleywhite Funeral Service
301 Bury Old Road, Manchester, M25 1JA
0161 773 2749
Paul Williams Independent Funeral Directors Ltd
138-140 Bury New Road, Whitefield, Manchester, M45 6AD
0161 796 6018
Silletts Funeral Service
Kelsil, Spring Lane, Radcliffe, Manchester M26 2TQ
0161 723 2383
Timeless Funeral Services
265 - 267 Dumers Ln, Radcliffe, Bury, Manchester M26 2GN
0161 959 0108
Unsworths Funeral Services
Cooper St, Bury BL9 0LJ
0161 464 6607
Unique Funeral Service LTD
11A Memorial Rd, Walkden, Worsley, Salford, M28 3AQ
0161 703 9944
The main legal requirements in England and Wales apply whether you use a funeral director or not. They are that:
Before you can arrange a funeral, there are certain forms you’ll need to give to the funeral director, or, if arranging it yourself, to the crematorium or cemetery office. You can pick up these forms from the cemetery office at Agecroft Cemetery.
For burials, you’ll need to provide a Green Certificate for Burial (Form 9) or, if the coroner was involved, an Order for Burial (Form 10).
For a cremation, you must provide:
When planning a funeral, you’ll need to consider:
A funeral can be either by burial at one of our cemeteries or by cremation
Remember to check the deceased’s will or other written instructions for special wishes about their funeral or what should happen to their body. However, the executor does not have to follow the funeral instructions left in the will.
If there are no clear wishes, it’s generally the executor or nearest relative who decides whether the body is to be cremated or buried.
There are many different types of funerals and it’s useful to remember that you can:
You do not have to:
If you choose to have a ceremony, it can be personalised as much as you wish. In some cases, the deceased may have planned their own funeral in advance. If you have the funeral at a crematorium and are planning a personalised ceremony, it’s a good idea to check with the crematorium manager beforehand as you may need a double time slot.
Music can be a key part of any ceremony and you can choose from traditional organ music, a CD or live music. Perhaps discuss this with relatives, your funeral director and the person you have chosen to conduct the ceremony.
Both Agecroft and Peel Green Crematoria have a Wesley Media system which allows you to download any music of your choice which is included in the cost of the booking. Visual tributes are available at both crematoria. We can also arrange for live webcasting for friends or relatives who are unable to attend the service. Please note there is an additional fee for both visual tributes and webcasting which can be found under fees and charges.
You may want to include a reading, a poem or a favourite story. You could also consider using personal items as part of the ceremony. Personal items will help reflect the person who has died and make the ceremony more special and a celebration of their life.
If you have any questions, please contact us.
You can use the online form:
Or phone 0161 686 7290
Or visit us in person at:
Bereavement Services office