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Making funeral arrangements

Last updated 19 January 2015

When someone dies, it is often the Executor or nearest surviving relative who is responsible for making funeral arrangements. Many people choose a Funeral Director to take care of the arrangements on their behalf.

Choosing a funeral director

It is important you pick a funeral director of your choice. Some people get recommendations from a friend, other people search online. You can search for a funeral director on the following websites:

Arranging a funeral yourself

If you are considering arranging a funeral yourself and not have a funeral director, please contact us.

Paying for a funeral

Most funerals are paid for in advance of the service taking place either in full or sometimes via a pre-paid funeral plan, or insurance policy. Read the GOV.UK guidance on arranging a funeral for more information.

If you need help paying for a funeral and are on a low income, you could be entitled to a Funeral Payment.


See our information on cemeteries in Waltham Forest or contact us for advice and guidance.

Please note, we do not own or manage the Waltham Forest Muslim Burial Trust Cemetery. This is a privately owned cemetery, and is independent of the Council.


We don’t own a crematorium but these are the 3 closest to the borough:

City of London Cemetery and Crematorium
Aldersbrook Road
London E12 5DQ
Tel: 020 8530 2151

Enfield Cemetery and Crematorium
Great Cambridge Road
London EN1 4DS
Tel: 020 8363 8324

Forest Park Cemetery and Crematorium
Forest Road
Essex IG6 3HP
Tel: 020 8501 2236

Contact us

For further information on cemeteries, burials or booking an appointment for a grave search, please contact us.

Call: 020 8524 5030

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    Walthamstow Town Hall Forest Road Walthamstow London
    E17 4JF
    Phone: 020 8496 3000
    Fax: 020 8496 3658