One Depart

Advice & Information on funerals, burials, cremations, wills, inheritance and death-related subjects


Writing your own will at home

In this guide, we take a look at the process of writing your own Will at home including a step-by-step guide. We consider the pros and cons of home Will writing and cover all the things you will need to think about to make sure your Will is both comprehensive and legal.

Scattering ashes in beauty spot

We take a look at the regulations in the UK for scattering ashes and cover some of the most popular ways to scatter a loved ones’ ashes.

House for sale

In this guide, we take a look at the tax liabilities that may be applicable when you are selling an inherited property along with any other considerations for disposing of this kind of asset.

Old stone house

In this feature, we take a look at the various ways that siblings can share the inheritance of a family home and discuss the options available including selling up or renting to living together in the property.

Burial plots in a green wooded area

We take a look at the costs of a burial plot in the UK along with the types of plot you can purchase. We also consider factors such as how long you own the plot, what a deed of grant is and some options about sharing a burial plot.

Old photograph and letters

We take a look at the range of stationery that is available for funerals. We cover everything from announcement cards and condolence books through to some unique and memorable mementoes for friends and family to treasure after the event.

Woven eco-coffin with flower arrangement

Here we provide you with a comprehensive list of coffin choices and a guide to the kinds of prices you will pay for each option. We also look at some important things to consider when choosing a coffin.

Rose on an old photograph

Here we discuss the cost of a typical funeral in the UK, how to arrange a cheaper funeral and the financial assistance you can access to help meet these costs.

Last will and testament

We explain what Probate is and take a look at the process including why this is necessary, the different stages of probate plus how to obtain a Grant of Probate and what authority this grants you.

Old photo album filled with memories with old photographs

We take a look at exactly what a direct cremation is, what it involves, including the process, and how to organise one plus look at some of the reasons why people choose this method of funeral including celebrities like David Bowie and John Lennon.

Comforting someone

Prepaid funerals offer a way to plan for the financial costs associated with a funeral and can provide significant benefits but there is a lot to consider when deciding if this kind of investment is worth the money.

Open book amongst leaves

Planning a funeral can be a difficult process. Even people who are usually well organised may find this challenging so we have provided you with a detailed checklist and guide on what you need to do to arrange a funeral.

An elderly couple going to visit the grave of a loved one

In this guide, we hope to cover all of your questions about who is the Next of Kin when someone dies in the UK, what this means and what this role involves.

Woodland in Wales

We look at natural burial grounds and why people choose to be buried in one. We also answer some common questions on the benefits of a ‘green’ burial including where in the UK these sites can be found and how much they cost.

Elderly person holding a photo of a loved one

In this guide, we take a closer look at the order of what  takes place when someone dies in hospital including what happens regarding organ donation as well as give you some advice on the steps you should follow after death.

Memories of a person who has died

In this article, we take a close look at the protocols of what you should do when someone dies at home including who you should call first, what you should expect to happen after death has been confirmed and whether the body needs to be moved.

Old furniture in a house

This article explains the processes of how a Will is read, the timescales for doing this and what you can expect to happen as an Executor and/or a beneficiary.

Black clothing on hangers

We take you through the process of preparing the body of a loved one from the moment it is received at a funeral home to the point at which the body is cremated or buried. We cover common procedures including disinfection, embalming and dressing plus answer some frequently asked questions about this process.

Mourner wearing black and holding a red rose next to a coffin

In this guide, we cover the traditional etiquettes for funerals in the UK from what is expected before a service as well as what usually happens afterwards. We look at both sides of the occasion from the perspective of those arranging, and those who are attending, a funeral in Britain.

Wooden coffin in a black hearse

We discuss the etiquette of funeral cars and address the accepted order of who travels in which car. We also look at the types of funeral cars and processions that are commonly used here in the UK as well other things to consider when organising a funeral car.

Death certificate form

In this guide, we take a look at how many death certificates you are likely to need, who needs to see them as well as answer some common questions about getting copies of a death certificate.

Person dressed in black mourning clothing

In this guide, we answer some common questions about the process of registering a death including who can do this, what they need to do and how long the process takes.

Angel ornament with pink flowers

In this guide, we talk you through the process of registering a death with a bank plus provide you with some useful resources for the main UK banks to help you reach the right departments. 

Draw full of memories and photos

We look at some of the more unusual and creative ideas for what to do with a loved ones’ ashes including some unique memorials and alternatives to traditional urns for storage.

A lit candle with red funeral flowers

In this guide, we take a look at what happens before, during and after a cremation service as well as answering some common questions about the cremation process. We also give you some information about the collection of the ashes.

Pocket watch with white roses and black and white photographs

We answer the question of how long after death a funeral is typically held here in the UK as well as looking at some of the reasons why this can be delayed plus any special requirements of religious groups.

Flowers on a piano

In this article, we consider the law on the requirements for funerals in the UK as well as addressing the reasons why someone might not want a funeral. We also take a look at what happens in the event that no funeral is arranged.

Wicker coffin adorned with flowers

In this guide, we provide answers to common questions about what happens to the coffin during cremation as well as the guidelines around the construction of a coffin for cremation.