The DIY Funeral

When you have just lost someone close to you

Searsons Portsmouth Funeral Directors

Arranging A Funeral Youself

There are those families who wish to carry out as much of the funeral arranging process themselves. The DIY funeral as it has become known is a preferred choice for some people. It is important to remember that you have no legal obligation to employ the professional services of a Funeral Director. We are here for help, guidance, support and convenience to you. You can use your own vehicle, make your own coffin, collect he deceased from a public mortuary, and you can also keep the deceased at home until the day of service.

Arranging a funeral without the support of a Funeral Director

However, in arranging a funeral without the support of a Funeral Director, there are many legal obligations that must be fulfilled; there are also environment health considerations in respect of keeping a loved one at home. Should anyone be considering a DIY funeral, please request a copy of our NEW information leaflet, ‘Arranging a DIY Funeral’. It has useful details to consider, authorities to contact and offers suggestion in how to make your own contributions in a legally binding way.

Whenever a family purchase services specific to a DIY funeral we will provide a Documentation Pack with all relevant forms required for either a burial or cremation. There will also be a copy of our DIY funeral leaflet included but this will be all the guidance that will be provided.

We are happy to assist any family in putting together a DIY funeral but, being professionals, our time given for guidance is chargeable. In an effort to support families who wish to take the DIY route, we are able to offer a range of products / services, all itemised individually, and you can choose to purchase any number of these from us should you wish.

These are straight purchase products or services, you are not employing our services, and no arrangements in any way are made in respect of organising the funeral. We therefore take no responsibility for legalities not adhered to which may affect the funeral outcome. No account facilities are available and all purchased products / services are payable on collection / completion.

Require help?

At an awkward and difficult time like this, you can always speak to one of our family members who will be sympathetic and help you to deal with organising your loved ones funeral.


About Us

Searsons Family Funeral Services take great pride in offering a service which focuses very much on family values. Look at any other funeral business for miles around and see how many of one family work in the business!

You can read more about us, and should you require further information, help and advice about a recent bereavement, then please contact us for free and impartial advice.

Funeral Planning Services Award 2013

Help & Assistance

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Useful Contacts A list of related services, hospitals and care places
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Qualifying Benefits Help towards the cost of a funeral from the Social Fund
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Education & Advice We can offer professional organisations presentations and seminars

Searson Funeral Services

Portsmouth Branch
319 Copnor Road, Portsmouth,
Mobile users call us on:
023 9266 5795
Southsea Branch
105 Winter Road, Southsea,
Mobile users call us on:
023 9273 8922
Havant Branch
25-29 Park Parade, Leigh Park,
Mobile users call us on:
023 9247 7190

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