Very few people want to talk about funerals. But knowing your options is the best way to ensure you get the funeral you want, for an affordable price.

Here guest-blogger Poppy Mardall, founder and director of award-winning Poppy's Funerals, shares some important facts everyone should know.

1. There is no legal obligation to use a funeral director

You can take charge of some, or all, of the funeral arrangements yourself

2. You don't have to use a traditional, black hearse

It could be any vehicle, even a family estate car.

3. You don't have to have a traditional wooden coffin

The options are endless: willow, bamboo, cardboard, a shroud or you can even make or decorate the coffin yourself!

4. The body can stay at home

If this feels right for you, this is absolutely possible.

5. The body does not need to be embalmed or sutured

These invasive procedures are not necessary. The body can be left in its natural state.

6. Many independent-looking Funeral Directors are not independent

This is important work. Make sure you know who you are employing.

7. The body is rarely kept at the funeral director's high street shop

Many funeral directors operate large 'hub' mortuaries, often located many miles from the high street branches they serve. Ask where the body will be cared for.

8. Funerals don't have to be expensive

Shop around or ask a friend to do this on your behalf. Make sure you're not sold products or services you don't want or need.

9. Euphemisms aren't helpful

Families want to know, and can handle the truth. If you're asked a question, it's because someone wants to know the answer.

10. Funeral directors don't know best

Families do. A good funeral director will support a family to have the funeral that's right for them.