Arranging a funeral

In the Netherlands, a funeral director usually arranges the funeral. But you can also arrange this yourself at the Kerkhoflaan and Westduin municipal cemeteries. If there are no next of kin, the municipality arranges the funeral.

The first step in arranging a funeral is determining the time and date of the funeral. You will need to reserve the time slot as soon as possible at the office of the municipal cemeteries, but at least 24 hours in advance. Have you determined a time for the funeral? Then you can schedule the funeral (see Begrafenis aanvragen).

No more than 30 people may attend funeral ceremonies in funeral homes, crematoriums and cemeteries. The same measures are in effect for condolence calls until 28 April 2020. All ceremonies will be held without food and drinks. Visitors and family members are asked to keep a distance of 1.5 metres from one another. 

There are a number of funeral homes in The Hague which provide English-speaking services and can arrange the formalities for funeral transport abroad.

Private or general plot

For your application you need to choose what kind of grave you want (information in Dutch):

Funeral times

The cemeteries are open for funerals on:

  • Saturday, Sunday and public holidays from 9.00 to 15.00 hrs.
  • Other days from 9.00 to 15.00 hrs.

The latest time a funeral can begin on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays is at 12.00 hrs. On other days it is 15.00 hrs.

Surcharge on Saturday, Sunday and public holidays and after 16.30 hrs.

On Saturday, Sunday and public holidays and after 16.30 hrs. the fee is higher for the burial or cremation, the use of the aula, the organ and/or the sound system and the condolence area. The rate will be raised by a surcharge. For more information about this surcharge send an email to

Public holidays are:

  • New Year’s Day
  • Easter Monday
  • King’s Day
  • Liberation Day (5 May)
  • Ascension Day
  • Whit Monday
  • Christmas and Boxing Day

Auditorium and condolence area

At the Kerkhoflaan and Westduin municipal cemeteries, you can also rent an auditorium or condolence area for the funeral (see Aula en condoleanceruimte Kerkhoflaan en Westduin).

Municipality arranges the funeral

Are there no known next of kin? In that case, the police or funeral home will report this to the municipality. The Department of Special Help will investigate if there are any next of kin. If there are none, the municipality will commission the burial or cremation. This is stated in Article 21 of the Burial and Cremation Act (see the website

No money

Next of kin must always pay the costs of the burial or cremation, even if there was no longer any contact. If there is no money for the funeral, the municipality can pay the costs.

Also see Postpone or expedite a funeral or cremation

Published: 23 March 2017Modified: 1 April 2020