It is possible to arrange a cremation without a Funeral Director.
This can be challenging for families who are also grieving and dealing with many practical issues after death.

The practical issues include:
  • Storage of the body (in the absence of refrigeration, a body starts to decompose within hours).
  • Possible embalming of the body (a professional service)
  • Arranging a coffin.
  • Transporting the body to the crematorium: you need some paperwork - see Transfer (of) Bodies
  • Completing the paperwork.
  • Notifying friends and family
  • Registering the death

Once a person has died, his or her personal health information remains confidential.
The certifying doctor's Cremation certificate (form B) must be placed by the doctor in a sealed envelope and delivered to the appropriate referee.
You should contact the crematorium to arrange the certificates to be reviewed by a Referee.
There is a fee to be paid for the Referee to review the paperwork, make appropriate enquiries and issue a permission to cremate.