It is possible to make funeral arrangements before the death has been registered or in the case of a sudden death, before the coroner gives clearance. However, it may be that the exact time of the funeral cannot be confirmed until the above has happened. It may be advisable to speak to a funeral director sooner rather than later so that arrangements can be put in hand and so that there is no unnecessary delay. Funeral arrangements are normally made during office hours, either at your own home or at the funeral director's office. However, most funeral directors are available during weekends, or in the evening, if required.
There are a number of practical issues that the family will need to address prior to the funeral. Below are a few to consider.
Burial or cremation
If the deceased has not already made their wishes known on this issue, this is obviously an important decision for the family to make and can be a difficult one. The funeral director will be able to advise you of the various options. If cremation is chosen the funeral director will need to arrange for additional paperwork to be completed by doctors.
Funeral directors should be advised at the earliest opportunity should the family wish any items to be returned to them. Funeral directors should obviously be told if any effects are to be removed before the deceased is taken from the home.
If the family of the deceased had any particular requests that could be deemed as urgent then obviously the funeral directors should be informed as soon as possible.