No, you don’t have to have a funeral by law.
Whilst having a funeral is the norm after someone passes away, it’s not obligatory.
People who don’t want to have a funeral tend to opt for a direct cremation or burial, in which a funeral service doesn’t take place at all.
But there are other alternatives to having a traditional funeral too, for example:
- Eco-friendly funeral
- Do it Yourself (DIY) funeral
- Humanist or celebration of life funeral
So, before choosing not to have a funeral, whether for yourself or for a loved one, continue reading our helpful guide: Do you have to have a funeral?