The funeral cannot take place until the coroner has agreed to release the body, but it may be helpful to contact a funeral director of your choice at an early stage who can give you practical help with making arrangements. You should retain all receipts in case costs can be reclaimed. The rules in relation to social distancing applies to funerals. Currently only members of the person’s household, close family members or if the above are unable to attend, close friends may attend. You can find further information about funeral arrangements here and you should read this to check the up-to-date position: