Assistance With Funeral Costs

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It is often a surprise to people how expensive funerals can become. Though the ultimate price will depend upon a variety of options upwards of £2,000 is not entirely uncommon to pay for a full funeral and burial (or cremation). Some people choose to pre-pay for their funerals so that they do not leave a financial burden for their family members, but sometimes family members are caught unaware and must cover the cost themselves then wait to see if they can be reimbursed from the deceased s estate. For individuals on low incomes, this extra cost can be catastrophic. A one-off Funeral Payment from the Social Fund may be available to help low-income families cope with these expenses.

Funeral Payment

A one-off Funeral Payment may be available to help with funeral costs if the person who has applied for the payment meets certain criteria. The criteria will take into account the applicant s existing benefits, his or her relationship to the deceased and the presence or absence of funds to pay for the funeral independently. In general, individuals who receive (or have partners who receive) Income Support, (income-based) Jobseeker s Allowance, Pension Credit, Housing Benefit, Council Tax Benefit, some forms of Working Tax Credit, or some higher rates of Child Tax Credit may be eligible to receive a one-off Funeral Payment from the Social Fund. However, these individuals will likely need to be either the spouse or civil partner of the deceased, the parent or guardian of the deceased, or a friend or relative so close to the deceased that it is reasonable that (s)he has accepted the responsibility of organising the funeral. The applicant will also need to confirm that the death occurred in the UK and that the funeral will take place in the UK in order to be considered for Funeral Payment.

Claiming Funeral Payment

Applications for Funeral Payment must be made via the Funeral Payment claim form which is available at every local Jobcentre Plus and/or social security office. This application may be made from the date of death but within three months of the death. If a claim is approved, the Funeral Payment will most likely cover all burial or cremation fees, as well as up to £700 for further funeral expenses such as the cost of a funeral director, coffin and/or flowers. These extras will only be covered, however, if any pre-paid funeral plans do not already cover them. Funeral Payment will most likely be issued via cheque to the applicant, though in the funeral director s name. If an application for Funeral Payment is denied, or the applicant feels that it has been incorrectly calculated, then (s)he may appeal the decision. If (s)he is still unhappy with the outcome of the appeal, (s)he may then appeal to an Appeal Tribunal for further consideration.

Repaying Funeral Payment

Though Funeral Payment may be approved in certain cases, any payment made must be repaid if the deceased s estate can cover it. This estate includes any property or other assets, as well as money saved, owed by or owed to the deceased. It does not, however, necessarily include any personal items that the deceased left to family or friends. The Social Fund will contact the person in charge of the funeral or executing/administering the estate after a Funeral Payment has been made to discuss the estate and repayment of funeral costs to the Social Fund.

The cost of a funeral with burial or cremation can be high, and many low income families are unable to cover these costs. Funeral Payment from the Social Fund can help qualifying families cover these costs. More information about Funeral Payment is available from all local Jobcentre Plus offices as well as social service offices.

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  1. I have tried to get all sorts of financial help with my mother`s funeral costs but cannot find anyone that will do so….nobody wants to help, and I am struggling to make ends meet .Now I am told that I am entitled to Pension Credit ,which is very strange in order to get help with funeral costs…

  2. My neice,age 43, has died suddenly of cancer. She has no husband or partner or children. She has no funds or death insurance. She was on benefits for a long time. I am her uncle and it looks as though I will have to pay for the funeral. I am 67 and live on my pension along with my wife who also has a pension. Is there any help available to me to meet these costs.

  3. my mother passed away on the 27th march and is not being buried until 16th April, she lived in a care home for seven years and all of her pension was taken for her fees so she had no money put aside for burial is she entitled to aone of payment towards her funerial

  4. my friends uncle who is a british citizen but was living in america killed himself last week his son who lives in the Uk has signed the body over to his dads partner in america so the funeral will be held there. my friends mother who has a low income been made to give up her job up due to ill health and was already depressed before this can’t afford the flight out there for her and her son. is there some sort of grant or government funds she can apply for as she can’t afford it at all

  5. can you assiste with some imformation, my friends son was knocked down while out jogging by a van,His father has just disolved his firm,due to finacial problems, i just wondered if there was any assistance available to him for the funeral cost ,

  6. My father pass away on 17 08 2012 in NIgeria. Before my father use to live in this country but he went home. I just what to know if their is any funding given that l can apply for, or any help that the government can give. I am on Housing benefit and working tax credit. Can you help me please . Looking forward to hear from you.

  7. i am looking for some help to pay for my sons funreal he is 26wk and we are a single family income, we have 3 other childre and one of them is in the hospitl in ICU childrens hospital he is the twin of the one i lost. if ther is any way you can help me please contact me at 951)282-2869 or at 951)229-1902 thank you

  8. we need some burial assistanceim from Philippines.Please help as you can contact the funeral ST.PETERLIFE philippines chapel manager:Rengie De Asis-Ocano contact number 00639176225459 i hope you can help as of my fathers burial assistance his name is Vicente C.Torres.

  9. I HAVE A WIDOWED AND UN-MARRIED SON AGED 47 WHO HAS A 20 YEAR OLD SON WHO IS A FULL-TIME STUDENT AT NOTTINGHAM UNIVERSITY. MY SON IS IN A COMA IN HOSPITAL AND IS EXPECTED TO DIE AT ANY TME. HIS SON, MY GRANDSON, WILL BE FACED WITH BEREAVEMENT COSTS – FUNERAL, PROBATE AND LEGAL FEES ETC. MY SON WAS IN RENTED ACCOMODATION AND IS NOT EXPECTED TO LEAVE AN ESTATE WHICH WILL SUPPORT HIS STUDENT SON. MY WIFE AND I (76 AND 75 YEARS OLD RESPECTIVELY) ARE STATE PENSIONERS. HOW DOES MY GRANDSON QUALIFY FOR AND OBTAIN BENEFIT ROM THE SOCIAL FUND OR ELSEWHERE?

  10. I lost my baby boy to s.i.d.s, 29th October 2010. We were able to pay for his funeral with the help of family. My husband & I have since separated. Although he told me two years ago that he had the money for our son’s headstone, he hasn’t done anything about it & has now moved away & we are no longer in contact. I can only presume he either no longer has the money or no longer has the inclination to do the right thing by our son. It breaks my heart to see his weather beaten wooden cross, everytime I go to the cemetery. He deserves so much more. Does anybody know of any charities or organisations that could help me with the cost of a headstone. I am a now a single mum on benefits & cannot afford the whole costs.

  11. My sister just lost her 7month old baby…. He had to many health problems to get insured so i am doin wat i can to try an find her some help…. If at all possible could sumone send me sum links to get to her for sum help on all his arrangements…. She also has a five yr old boy who lives in the home with her and her husband… I just knw they cant afford this so plz help me help them

  12. my father died on the 27th march, living in a care home, buried on april 7th, his pension paid for fees at the home, he died with no assets no money what so ever,im on esa but not the wright benefit to get any help, is there any help available to help pay for his very low key funeral, my husband and I only have money to pay all household bills with very little for anything else, please help.

  13. my friend died I helped her son sort the funeral,just a plain no cars paid £1000 then DWP paid £1200 but he stll has £440 left..he is unemployed and has a learning disability.is there anywhere we can get help for this

  14. @Dell. There is some help available from the government social fund – but maybe that’s where you’ve already tried – if not, take a look at page on the government’s website. Other than that your could try specific organisation/charities – perhaps for example something your friend was involved in like the British legion, the Women’s Institute etc – they may be able to help. Also, find out whether there is any other wider family member who could help.

  15. Almost 66 years old. Receive Pension credit, also high award mobility and higher payment care component. Divorceee. One adult son in work but is renting his room and living almost hand to mouth. He could not pay my funeral costs. Question is should I be prepared to pay my own funera l costs, would arrange and pay beforehand be best.l. Want cremation, the thught of leaving my son with a debt feels me with dread. There are not any other family members, he will be alone when I die. I understand my son would have to pay any debts I leave when I die so I intend to leave a clean financial slate. Thank you for your attention. Very grateful for any assistanc you can give me.

  16. My baby girl Grace passed away at 23wks6days gestation. She was premature and only lived 3 minutes. I paid for her burial but have no funds to cover headstone.. I am desperate for help. It bothers me every day that passes that she doesn’t have one..can ANYONE help me or point me in the direction of help?

  17. My husband died 6 wks after we were told he was riddled with aggressive cancer. He’s funeral has gone the cost.total £3.460 of which my son paid deposit and I paid the rest in fairness I borrowed it from my son as.he’s.dad.gave him some cash.to put in an isa to save for he’s childrens future. As the funeral has been paid for do I still get funeral payment? Om on income support dla.and in receipt of housing benefit!? Thanks in advance

  18. @lollyrog. You will need to speak directly with your local benefits office/dwp to establish this. Be sure to tell them that your son’s money was just a loan.

  19. I was estranged from my husband , but still married , I visited him twic aday to care for him as is children never visited , I applied for a funeral payment and have been told that they have to claim it cause I was estranged and none of them want to put there name to the bill , I arranged everythink as they left the hospital and didn’t see them again till the funeral does anyone know were I can go for help as I am on sick pay and have no savings , and now stuck with the 2500 bill

  20. My nephew passed away suddenly today and we have no way if paying for a funeral. Does anyone know of any one or entity that can help? He was only 30 years old. His parents are so distraught they can’t even talk. Please help if you can.

  21. @christian1118. How shocking for you and for his parents. If there are no funds, the council will arrange the funeral. They may however, attempt to recover the costs subsequently. A funeral director in your locality may also be able to direct you towards low cost or loan arrangements. Try contacting a bereavement charity in your area too as it may help you and your relatives with both the practical and emotional aspects. The main bereavement charity in the UK is Cruse.

  22. My mother died in April 2014 I have applied for help with costs, was denied & then i appealed after a number of correspondents & it seeming as though they only needed more info they finally denied us help although I meet all the criteria they didn’t stipulate grounds for denial what else can I do?

  23. @jenny. You would have to ask them as we don’t have the details. Criteria vary from place to place so ask them to list the criteria and then explain why you didn’t qualify. It could be that the grants are discretionary and there is another factor that you have not considered. If you ask them though, they should be able to give you more information.

  24. I lost my Grandmother yesterday and am looking for advice on funeral costs. I work full time but cannot afford to pay for her funeral, I have bad credit history so cannot even get finance to pay for it, otherwise I would happily do it. She leaves no savings or estate behind, only her furniture. She also had no funeral plan. How do I go about getting help with her funeral costs? Im the closest living relative, but it appears that since I do not claim benefits then I cannot get help.

  25. a young man died suddenly and left a six week old daughter but because they didn’t live together as partners and they was not married can his daughter claim for help with funeral expenses as he did not have any savings or insurances and as she is his biological daughter and next of kin can the mother of the child be her advocate as it does say if you are filling in this form for someone else and you need to be on a certain benefit in which t o claim help for a funeral payment ???????????

  26. My 38 year old son died on new years eve after a long standing illness, he was on benefits and had no savings or insurance, I his mother am responsible for the funeral costs, I am not on any benefits, I have no savings my husband is self employed but on a low income he also his on no benefits, the funeral costs in £4,000 is there any help available.

  27. @Dee. It can be difficult to claim for a funeral if you are not on benefits. Did the funeral director have any advice for you or a payment plan? Can you ask your local council social services to see if they can direct to any grants etc?

  28. My abusive estranged brother in law was found dead in his flat by police when he failed to show up in court on charges against my sister, niece and nephew. My niece was listed as his next of kin and as such has been told she is responsible for funeral/disposal of body. They were awaiting the outcome of a court case for damages against property and cars and have had to pay for those with very little money. They are not claiming any benefits but cannot afford and do not want the expense of this etra burden. Do they legally have to dispose of the body and pay the costs incurred?

  29. @Pixie. If your niece refuses to pay for/arrange a funeral, the local authority or health authority will arrange a simple funeral and attempt to recover the cost from his estate.

  30. i do not live with my father and im not his ext of kin im on income spport and the only family member on benefits my father is also on benefits do i qualifie to apply for help towards his funeral payment. if so how do i continue to make my claim

  31. @helen. The next of kin is usually responsible for the funeral payments. If you are not his next of kin then there must be some other family members to help?

  32. I would be surprised if most people can find a funeral for £2000 nowadays – in my experience the more typical costs are £3000 – £4000 – and that’s without having anything out of the ordinary. The social fund is sadly lacking, doesn’t cover the funeral costs in full and takes far too long to make a decision. On top of this, the fact is that there are many other people out there who can’t afford £3000+ and who aren’t on benefits, but who have nothing available to them to help them out.

  33. My boyfriends mom passed away, we are both full time students and cannot claim benefits because of this. He has been left with a pretty substantial funeral bill is there any help out there for him?

  34. My mum was killed in France. She had no insurance. Do you know if there is any help around for repatriation? We have done some fundraising. But are still thousands short. I’m a single parent and my sister is unable to work. Can you offer any advice?

  35. @Jinty. Was she on holiday when she died? If so, her insurance should cover this. If not, then you will have to see if the social fund can offer a contribution. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office may also be able to offer advice.

  36. My dad died in September 2014 and my brother was next of kin, as he still lived with my dad whereas I live in another city. My brother has sold my dad’s vehicle, the money from which was supposed to pay for the headstone but he spent it on himself. I don’t know what to do. I can’t afford a headstone, but I can’t bear my dad not having one. He was my best friend, this feels so disrespectful..and my brother committed the ultimate betrayal :'(

  37. who’s next off kin for my dad dying? myself being his daughter or his mother? having issues. also my god so sad as my dads left no money anywhere in pensions/ bonds etc and I don’t speak with his family 🙁 help x

  38. my sister died her nok doesn’t work as we’re all sisters my sister who is nok said social security asked was any of us working.i work and my other sister works does that mean we have to pay for the funeral.im not nok worried don’t earn much how would I pay it.

  39. Please can you help my friend has just lost her partner and all there benefits has stopped she has a 16 11 6 years old will she be able to get help as the dole said she cant get help of them cose she is not claiming anything at the moment and when she does needs to be on benefits for 26 week’s

  40. my brother died last Saturday 1st August he was 63yrs old would I be able to claim a grant to help pay for his funeral I don’t have any money to pay for it.

  41. Is there any charity that we can help for my mothers funeral. My sister that takes care of her recent had a heart attack & now stage 4 cancer. I have been out of a job & need to find a way to keep my house.. Any suggestions.

  42. Peace – Your Question:

    Is there any charity that we can help for my mothers funeral. My sister that takes care of her recent had a heart attack & now stage 4 cancer. I have been out of a job & need to find a way to keep my house. Any suggestions.


    Our Response:

    Have you tried contacting the organisations mentioned in the article? If that has been unsuccessful, then you might want to try the Turn 2 Us grants search.

  43. My exwife had passed away I’m short on funds to bury her the cost was 1700 we have come up with most of it.im short for 600 I have look everywhere .and everybody has given all they could.i need help.

  44. nonr – Your Question:

    My exwife had passed away I’m short on funds to bury her the cost was 1700 we have come up with most of it.im short for 600 I have look everywhere.and everybody has given all they could.i need help.


    Our Response:

    Have you tried claiming the funeral payment as detailed in the article? What was the outcome? If you have not yet tried to claim this, the number for the DWP Bereavement Service is: 0345 606 0265

  45. My husband is in his 80’s. And doesn’t have any insurance policies . We get pension credit guaranteed, does anyone know if the council will give any help towards his funeral, he is 11years older than me….. Thank you. Lizzie…

  46. I had to find the funds for my next door neighbour’s funeral. He passed away without Insurance and had little money ion the Bank. About £450 was all he had in the World. As he died in Hospital the Bereavement Officer was able to help. Although all of the money that was available had to go to The Bereavement Officer the Hospital covered the cost of the funeral. From what I’m told if the person dies at home the Crematorium Manager/Director can help with costs. I presume the Hospital will also get the Funeral Grant as given by D.S.S which is woefully inadequate, usually leaving friends, neighbours and any family with a four figure sum to find. Add that to whatever money the person has and selling what meagre possessions a person leaves which can achieve a sum of money at auction, the Hospital covers the rest. A word of warning though, don’t try to be kind and take on some of the work like telephoning people or dealing with handing a house/flat back to the Council or closing a Bank Account because you won’t get your expenses back.

  47. My partner passed in august of a heart attack although he did not live with me , we where engaged I have sorted his funeral out ,although he had life insurance for 1430 his funerl was 3211 the social security will not pay anything towards the funeral so I am not able to pay the rest I don’t know I stand on this as on benifets myself help !!!!

  48. My friends half brother died in hospital and he has had to find the money to fund the funeral, his family ie brothers and sisters refuse to contribute! Can he get help with this? The person who died left behind no partner but a 16 yr old daughter Thank you

  49. Gay – Your Question:

    My friends half brother died in hospital and he has had to find the money to fund the funeral, his family ie brothers and sisters refuse to contribute! Can he get help with this? The person who died left behind no partner but a 16 yr old daughterThank you


    Our Response:

    Has your friend applied for the funeral payment mentioned in the article?

  50. Hello would my 42 year old mum receive this as your husband of 20 years has just recently passed away. My mum is full time at the minute however is going to part time so she can look after me and my little sister 16 and 10; we are both in full time education. We are unable to find the money to pay for my dads funeral; he couldn’t work and had to claim incapacity benefits and DLA, many places would not insure him because of this. Please is there anyway we can get money for the funeral.

  51. My dad have died and I been have a hard time pay all the things he left behind I need the help so bad I have a bad time pay my bill and try take care of my dad things to I’m crying out for the help please…

  52. If I die what can my husband do so that he is not responsible for the cost of my funeral? We don’t have time to get a divorce but I don’t want him stuck paying for it.

  53. My dad has died and his funeral bill is a just short of £3000.00. I paid it for mum who can’t afford it. Who wild get the payment from the government and how do you get it palease

  54. sas – Your Question:

    My dad has died and his funeral bill is a just short of £3000.00I paid it for mum who can’t afford it. Who wild get the payment from the government and how do you get it palease


    Our Response:

    Your mother will need to apply for funeral payment assistance which is means tested. Here is a link to the application form.

  55. I have been reaching out for help every way possible to be able to bury my 11 month old baby boy Jesse Phillips he has passed away December 18th and I have to get money in 2 days the funeral home already have him but we still have a remaining balance anything will help please help me bring my son

  56. Hi I’m a single mum with a daughter at 16 who I still get benefits for,and she was pregnant and lost the baby at 28 weeks!!?? She had to deliver her baby girl and now she has to bury her also,is theyr any help she could get to pay towards her daughters funeral? she isn’t Getting any benefits thank you.

  57. Shenz – Your Question:

    Hi I’m a single mum with a daughter at 16 who I still get benefits for,and she was pregnant and lost the baby at 28 weeks!!?? She had to deliver her baby girl and now she has to bury her also,is theyr any help she could get to pay towards her daughters funeral? she isn’t Getting any benefits thank you.


    Our Response:

    Try calling the Bereavement Service helpline on: 0345 606 0265

  58. Hi, at just under 24 weeks pregnant i gave birth to my son, he was born alive but didnt make it to the end of the day. I recieved a funeral payment from my local jobcentre which helped greatly towards the funeral expenses, its been 2 long years and i am struggling paying for my sons headstone, ive managed to pay £400 in that time however there is still a balance of £612 left which i am finding it next to impossible to pay, i have tried loan after loan but am finding myself falling further into debt, it hurts so much the fact i cant give my son the only thing i can get for him, is there any help i can get? Thankyou

  59. carly – Your Question:

    Hi, at just under 24 weeks pregnant I gave birth to my son, he was born alive but didnt make it to the end of the day. I recieved a funeral payment from my local jobcentre which helped greatly towards the funeral expenses, its been 2 long years and I am struggling paying for my sons headstone, ive managed to pay £400 in that time however there is still a balance of £612 left which I am finding it next to impossible to pay, I have tried loan after loan but am finding myself falling further into debt, it hurts so much the fact I cant give my son the only thing I can get for him, is there any help I can get? Thankyou


    Our Response:

    There’s no government help for headstones. You could try one of the bereavement charities such as:
    Tommy’s
    SANDS
    Lily Mae Foundation

  60. Hiya my mum passed away in November. I work and I lived with my mother at the time of death, but my brother who is still really close to us but doesn’t live with us and is on JSA applied for the social funeral payment. It has been recently reject is it worth appealing or has it it been rejected because I work full time?? Any help would be appreciated thanks.

  61. Andy – Your Question:

    Hiya my mum passed away in November. I work and I lived with my mother at the time of death, but my brother who is still really close to us but doesn’t live with us and is on JSA applied for the social funeral payment. It has been recently reject is it worth appealing or has it it been rejected because I work full time?? Any help would be appreciated thanks.


    Our Response:

    All close relatives are expected to contribute and as you are working, that will be the reason for the payment being rejected. Funeral payment is only for cases where there is nobody else to pay for the funeral.

  62. My sister died last April she was alcoholic but died of cancer there was no will and no estate she was on benefits she has three children aged31,29,and25 they were not in touch with there mother for some years as the youngest two were in care the two eldest girls reconciled with her but her son didn’t when she died the girls were distraught and in no fit state to talk to the funeral director so I did it on their behalf he came to see me at home I thought there would be no problem about the bill because both girls where in receipt of benefits the youngest one was receiving carers allowance for her mother so she was putting in for the payment weeks passed and the funeral director kept ringing me for an update even though he had there addresses and phone numbers after a while my hubby got sick of him bothering me as it was making me ill the funeral director then started getting in touch with the daughters who haven’t replied to him as far as i know the payment was refused but i don’t know because they never showed me any proof the result is he has passed it on to a debt collection agency who have wrote to me I am at my wits end as I am a pensioner and so is my hubby I haven’t got that sort of money and my hubby never got on with my sister and is adamant he is not paying for her funeral I haven’t told him about the letter of the debt collection agency because he will go berserk with me is there anything I can do to pass it back to my nieces .

  63. Nannyann – Your Question:

    My sister died last April she was alcoholic but died of cancer there was no will and no estate she was on benefits she has three children aged31,29,and25 they were not in touch with there mother for some years as the youngest two were in care the two eldest girls reconciled with her but her son didn’t when she died the girls were distraught and in no fit state to talk to the funeral director so I did it on their behalf he came to see me at home I thought there would be no problem about the bill because both girls where in receipt of benefits the youngest one was receiving carers allowance for her mother so she was putting in for the payment weeks passed and the funeral director kept ringing me for an update even though he had there addresses and phone numbers after a while my hubby got sick of him bothering me as it was making me ill the funeral director then started getting in touch with the daughters who haven’t replied to him as far as I know the payment was refused but I don’t know because they never showed me any proof the result is he has passed it on to a debt collection agency who have wrote to me I am at my wits end as I am a pensioner and so is my hubby I haven’t got that sort of money and my hubby never got on with my sister and is adamant he is not paying for her funeral I haven’t told him about the letter of the debt collection agency because he will go berserk with me is there anything I can do to pass it back to my nieces.


    Our Response:

    Usually the next of kin would be responsible for any debts but as you organised the funeral it’s understandable that this is why it’s been passed to you. Firstly, you might want to see whether any funeral costs could be paid.Check this goverment page secondly, take the bill to your nearest Citizen’s Advice Bureau with details of all the next of kin etc. Hopefully they will be able to contact the debt collection agency on your behalf and put a hold on it whilst it’s sorted out.

  64. I am on benefits and pension credit and my children will no it be in a position to pay for me funeral. Only one is on benefits. What will happen please?

  65. Avonvale funeral services based in Rugby Warwickshire do a nationwide direct cremation funeral including the return of the ashes in a casket for £1100 fully inclusive of all fees ,This company will help families claim funeral expenses grants from the DWP social fund,Avonvale Funeral Services have a website with information about their services and they can be contacted by Telephoning 01788297011, they also have a mobile 24 hour helpline 07411235126.

  66. My uncle suddenly passed away at age 67 leaving him wife with no imcome at all. Unfortunetly no way to pay to bury him was a burden on his wife that she cannot bare. I am asking please someone out there whom cares to reach out to her. Here name is Betty McCall and his name was Lonnie McCall. Thank you for reading. my number is 918-734-5485. My name is Denise and Im the Niece.

  67. Hello I have been turn down with help for my son who passed away my husband works and on very low wage we get working tax credit’s I do not work we just about pay bills shall ask them to look at it again x

  68. Hi my uncle passed away and I have been trying to get help with no help the undertaker want 3700 for the coffin please help me to bury him

  69. tshwana – Your Question:

    Hi my uncle passed away and I have been trying to get help with no help the undertaker want 3700 for the coffin please help me to bury him


    Our Response:

    The deceased’s estate will sometimes pay for the funeral costs. You could also try applying for a bereavement payment.

  70. my brother who was born I 1942 disabled , I came along in November 1944 as my father died in august 1944 my brother,he worked for ten years as a disable person but they enable to work again so he was 50 years at least .he was diognised with cancer in November but sadly passed away on 22 nd February. my brother had no insurance because off my mother being a a widow for so long with little money is he entitled to full claim

  71. I lost my mam at the age of 56 she had no life insurance and would like to no if you can help she had cancer for 2 year

  72. Please can someone answer my question – Does this help towards funeral costs – the £700 extras – include for the wake? I had to pay for food and the venue to the tune of over £1000 and I am rather broke. I had no choice but to do so because I live in a small flat and so could not host the do myself. This was the cheapest option for sixty guests. Secondly, I paid for the order of service cards to be printed and a photograph to be framed for the service, which cost a further £150.

  73. Query – Your Question:

    Please can someone answer my question – Does this help towards funeral costs – the £700 extras – include for the wake? I had to pay for food and the venue to the tune of over £1000 and I am rather broke. I had no choice but to do so because I live in a small flat and so could not host the do myself. This was the cheapest option for sixty guests. Secondly, I paid for the order of service cards to be printed and a photograph to be framed for the service, which cost a further £150.


    Our Response:

    This depends on your personal financial circumstances and how much was the in the estate of the deceased. Check out the Government Information here

  74. As my friend is an undertaker and has not been paid for a funeral is he able to check with anyone whether or not a payment has been made in respect of the deceased. As payments are made direct to the undertaker I would assume so. I worked for the DWP and to the best of my knowledge a payment would be appropriate.and as no names are mentioned I am not asking for an individual case but generally. Many Thanks John Williams

  75. My Mum died 2 months ago of cancer & had no savings or insurance. My sister managed to pay for the funeral but we are now struggling to find the money to pay for a resting place ie ashes scattered & headstone or anything else. I am on benfits but my sister isn’t. Would I still be able to claim help from the government for this part if funeral costs?

  76. My mum died years ago age 51. Now my dad was disabled I’ve helped him everyday for the last 8yrs. And we need help. I’m a single mum age 39 with 2 kids..no othe family. I asked the school, social services, Dr they are now all sorry but sorry won’t help me and bring my dad back. I don’t know what to do my life is so sad I find it hard to get my hear round it.. they all want to help now his not here I have no money and could lost my house with out my cares money.. I can’t do the funeral as I don’t want to let him go. And I don’t have the money what do I do. I’ve called the dwp but I don’t know I can’t agree to a funeral when I can’t afford it and don’t know

  77. Tinyt – Your Question:

    My mum died years ago age 51. Now my dad was disabled I’ve helped him everyday for the last 8yrs. And we need help. I’m a single mum age 39 with 2 kids.no othe family. I asked the school, social services, Dr they are now all sorry but sorry won’t help me and bring my dad back. I don’t know what to do my life is so sad I find it hard to get my hear round it. they all want to help now his not here I have no money and could lost my house with out my cares money. I can’t do the funeral as I don’t want to let him go. And I don’t have the money what do I do. I’ve called the dwp but I don’t know I can’t agree to a funeral when I can’t afford it and don’t know


    Our Response:

    You could try the Cruse Helpline on 0808 808 1677. They should be able to talk you through the practicalities and help you deal with the emotional side of things.

  78. my mum died 14 year ago and we paid for a plot for 3 people to be buried, now my dad has died and he is going in mums grave, what costs will we need to pay out????

  79. Hi, I’m not sure who I am writing but it has helped me a little just to write. My 2 yr old daughter, Alexis, drowned in my parents pool last year. I was not present at the accident. This has trully been the most difficult time of my life. The pain is unreal. The 1st several months after the death, was hard to get through the day. I ended up quiting my job and finding myself alone in my house absolutly miserable…my father and I have gotten through this the best we can taking things second by second and day by day, but my mother unfortunately was in a depression she could not get out of. She blamed herself for the drowning of my daughter and i dont know why. My mom died 2 weeks ago from ill depression. once again, losing my 2 year old daughter was hard enough and now my mom passed away.Her, Brenda Wenning and my father Larry, have raised 6 extra foster care siblings after raising us 6 biological children and ended up adopting all 6. My parents are trully blessed and my dad is lost with bills. We need help with funeral bills or anything for a smile. Thank you for listening. please help. Im financially unstable at this time.

  80. Kyle – Your Question:

    Hi, I’m not sure who I am writing but it has helped me a little just to write. My 2 yr old daughter, Alexis, drowned in my parents pool last year. I was not present at the accident. This has trully been the most difficult time of my life. The pain is unreal. The 1st several months after the death, was hard to get through the day. I ended up quiting my job and finding myself alone in my house absolutly miserable.my father and I have gotten through this the best we can taking things second by second and day by day, but my mother unfortunately was in a depression she could not get out of. She blamed herself for the drowning of my daughter and I dont know why. My mom died 2 weeks ago from ill depression. once again, losing my 2 year old daughter was hard enough and now my mom passed away.Her, Brenda Wenning and my father Larry, have raised 6 extra foster care siblings after raising us 6 biological children and ended up adopting all 6. My parents are trully blessed and my dad is lost with bills. We need help with funeral bills or anything for a smile. Thank you for listening. please help. Im financially unstable at this time.


    Our Response:

    First see if you’re eligible for any bereavement payments here. Also try the bereavement charities like CRUSE

  81. My mum had a prepaid funeral plan which paid for her cremation funeral I am on Esa is there anything I can claim back towards further costs

  82. AR – Your Question:

    My mum had a prepaid funeral plan which paid for her cremation funeralI am on Esa is there anything I can claim back towards further costs


    Our Response:

    You may be entitled to a Funeral Payment (see here) from the government. This is sometimes a loan that has to be paid back from the estate.

  83. My son died suddenly aged 56 I used my savings £1800 the funeral is 4700 I rang income support she said I wouldn’t get help because I gave the undertaker the 1800 I’m on pension credits and my son was on disability. I don’t know what I’m going to do

  84. Milly – Your Question:

    My son died suddenly aged 56 I used my savings £1800 the funeral is 4700 I rang income support she said I wouldn’t get help because I gave the undertaker the 1800 I’m on pension credits and my son was on disability. I don’t know what I’m going to do


    Our Response:

    The government funeral payment usually helps pay for:
    “burial fees and exclusive rights to burial in a particular plot cremation fees, including the cost of the doctor’s certificate. Up to £700 for funeral expenses, such as funeral director’s fees, flowers, coffin, travel to arrange or go to the funeral the costs for moving the body within the UK – but only for the part of the journey that’s over 50 miles”
    Speak to the funeral director and see if there is a way to reduce the costs. They will also be able to help you with details of organisations you can turn to for financial advice/assistance. Some funeral directors also offer payment plans. You might be able to get a one off payment from another charitable organisation. Take a look at the Turn2Us website

  85. My mum has just died and I am confused as to any help I may receive towards funeral expenses. I was in receipt of carers allowance and have looked after her for the last 6 years. I have no other personal income and my mum left nothing. My husband does work but all his money goes towards normal household expenses. Can I get any help?

  86. DHood – Your Question:

    My mum has just died and I am confused as to any help I may receive towards funeral expenses. I was in receipt of carers allowance and have looked after her for the last 6 years. I have no other personal income and my mum left nothing. My husband does work but all his money goes towards normal household expenses. Can I get any help?


    Our Response:

    Here are the details of eligibilty requirements for the funeral allowance payment

  87. Good afternoon My grandmother has just past away on 28th of January. I would like to ask what support can I get for funeral cost as i was not wasn’t expecting her death. So I would need some help with cost by friday 3rd of Feb.

  88. Hi I’m an 18 year old full time university student my mum died suddenly on the 7th febuary, the government are refusing to help me out because I don’t claim any benifits is there any other way or organisation that can help me please.

  89. hi my dad died 23 dec 16 we had the funeral on the 18 jan 17 but we can’t afford to bury his ashes in Felixstowe can I get any help with this?

  90. Hi my dad passed away on the 13/2/17 and we r having trouble getting the money from dwp(job centre) and we have got no other way Adlut social services won’t even help what do we do any suggestions

  91. hi i really need some help my grandfather has just passed the funeral is next Thursday and we thought his funeral was covered but it turns out its not. my nan is not a well woman and all the savings they had they had to use due to the fact a few months back their daughter passed away and they had to pay for all her funeral. That was hard enough for them and now my nan has also lost her husband and with no money has to pay for his funeral as well we really need help.

  92. saz – Your Question:

    Hi I really need some help my grandfather has just passed the funeral is next Thursday and we thought his funeral was covered but it turns out its not. my nan is not a well woman and all the savings they had they had to use due to the fact a few months back their daughter passed away and they had to pay for all her funeral. That was hard enough for them and now my nan has also lost her husband and with no money has to pay for his funeral as well we really need help.


    Our Response:

    Has the funeral director not asked you about payment etc? It seems strange to be thinking about this at this late stage. Try :
    Funeral Payments
    or
    Bereavement Allowance

  93. I need some advice ASAP my sister has just lost her daughter and she has no income at all she has no money at all to get her daughter to the chapel of rest the undertaker has said he needs £900 upfront which she doesn’t have it is breaking her heart at the thought of her being in the morgue has anyone got any advice for her please ASAP thank you

  94. Kat – Your Question:

    I need some advice ASAP my sister has just lost her daughter and she has no income at all she has no money at all to get her daughter to the chapel of rest the undertaker has said he needs £900 upfront which she doesn’t have it is breaking her heart at the thought of her being in the morgue has anyone got any advice for her please ASAP thank you


    Our Response:

    She should apply for a Funeral Payment or Bereavement Support Payment

  95. My mother died last year Febuary 3th after suffering from a stomach disease for about 8 months. We used all we had for her hospital bills. she was discharged becuase the disease kept changing. 2 weeks after her discharged, she died. Our family elders says we should bring 30,000 ghana cedis which is 6000 US dollars and thay will help us with the funeral burial. We are 4, and with no job. Our mom’s body is stock at the for over a year. Please can there be any help? Thank you.

  96. My partner of 32 years passes away and I’m being told that I’m not entitled to the funeral costs even though I’m ON dla please help

  97. Hi my brother in law has to bury a man who was raised by his mum and dad now both deceased he is not a true brother or blood related or adopted or fostered he’s been told he’s not allowed any payment to help with funeral costs is this true or can he get a grant to bury him thankyou Eddie

  98. Bags – Your Question:

    My partner of 32 years passes away and I’m being told that I’m not entitled to the funeral costs even though I’m ON dla please help


    Our Response:

    You can find out about eligibility for funeral payment here… we don’t have enough information about your circumstances to tell you whether or not you should receive this or not.

  99. Eddie – Your Question:

    Hi my brother in law has to bury a man who was raised by his mum and dad now both deceased he is not a true brother or blood related or adopted or fostered he’s been told he’s not allowed any payment to help with funeral costs is this true or can he get a grant to bury him thankyou Eddie


    Our Response:

    The rules for funeral payment would mean he isn’t eligible, but it might be worth popping along to Citizens’ Advice or trying the Turn 2 Us website to see if there is any other means of help.

  100. hi my mother passed away last year and im struggerling to her a headatone could i have some help please

  101. Mum passed away 12/8/17. I am next of kin but not receiving any benefits but also not working, I have a sibling that is also not working nor on benefits as he is a student. We have both been told we are not eligible for help. I live with my partner who works but does not earn enough to pay for us both to live and then pay for a funeral too. Surely there is some sort of help for me or my brother? What do I do?

  102. I lost my mum 3 years ago very suddenly, I claimed for the funeral payment which didn’t cover the funeral costs. At the time there wasn’t any funds left to bury mums ashes and to this day I still have them, I feel that the time is now right to lay her to rest but the costs are going to be over £1000! I’m on benefits including severe disability premium, is there any extra help that I can apply for to help with the cost? Thankyou

  103. DK – Your Question:

    I lost my mum 3 years ago very suddenly, I claimed for the funeral payment which didn’t cover the funeral costs. At the time there wasn’t any funds left to bury mums ashes and to this day I still have them, I feel that the time is now right to lay her to rest but the costs are going to be over £1000! I’m on benefits including severe disability premium, is there any extra help that I can apply for to help with the cost? Thankyou


    Our Response:

    Wwe don’t know of any specific grants for this, especially as you have already claimed funeral allowance. You could try asking at your local council or check out the Turn2 Us grants search facility

  104. I lost my hubby to be on the 6.7.2017 I had to get help to pay for it but it did not cover it as the benefits only pay half of it n still need 113,000 to finish paying for as I am on benefits too I have no one to help to finish off paying n the ashs still need to be do yet is there any more help out there plzs as I would love to now so I can lay Ron to rest with is mum n dad Ron was only 66 when he passed away at home n I am still finding it hard I missing him like mad I just cry all the time n can’t eat

  105. Mum died recently were short 500.00 pounds after everything paid out, I’m a pensioner and so is my husband are we entitled to any help from the goverment

  106. My boyfriends brother passed away 11/12/2017 unexpectedly. He was only 36 years old. The family are now worried about funeral costs as they have been quoted £3700 for buriel funeral. They don’t have any savings and his brother who passed away had no saving or money. We all work full time but just can’t come up with the funds so soon. Is there anywhere we can get advise or help.

  107. Emma pilkington – Your Question:

    My boyfriends brother passed away 11/12/2017 unexpectedly. He was only 36 years old. The family are now worried about funeral costs as they have been quoted £3700 for buriel funeral. They don’t have any savings and his brother who passed away had no saving or money. We all work full time but just can’t come up with the funds so soon. Is there anywhere we can get advise or help.


    Our Response:

    Unfortunately it’s unlikely that he/his family will be eligible for funeral payment as anyone claiming must be in receipt of certain benefits like income support etc. You could ask at your local council to see if there are any local payments available – although these too, are likely to be means tested. The funeral director might have options for payment plans etc.

  108. Our mum passed away on the 13/1/18 I am just wondering if there is any help out there to cover the funeral cost me and my sister are both on benefits as was my mum just wondering if there is help the costs is 3700 In total the funeral grant from DPW only covers so much towards it please any help????

  109. hi just wanted to ask my neice s son passed away on the 16th jan 2018 and just wonderd if she would be able to get any help with funeral cost both parents are working just wanted to know would they be entitled to any kind of help

  110. broggy – Your Question:

    Hi just wanted to ask my neice s son passed away on the 16th jan 2018 and just wonderd if she would be able to get any help with funeral cost both parents are working just wanted to know would they be entitled to any kind of help


    Our Response:

    If both parents are working it’s unlikely they’ll be entitled to assistance but here are details of the eligibility criteria . They could also check the Turn 2 Us website

  111. Hi my brother passed away the other day. He was homeless and was on benefits not sure what he was getting. He was an alcoholic none of the family have money to pay for the cost of the funeral would this be paid for?

  112. I have befriended an 88 yr old lady who lost her 43 yr old daughter in tragic circumstances last June. The funeral took place in July last year and Mrs D was told the cost would come from the deceased’s estate. Solicitors have been advising her from the outset. She was never told she would be eligible for a support bereavement grant and the 3 month rule deadline has king passed. There is absolutely nothing from the estate. The mortgaged house has been voluntarily given back to the building society as it was negative equity. Is there ANYWHERE this old lady can apply for help with the £5000 funeral costs. She is on benefits, is low income and has no savings.

  113. My brother passed away 8wks ago leaving 3,800 in his account.My other brother who lived with him is now been told he has to pay from his account of £6,000.He is on p.i.p and his money will one day pay for his funeral and for anything he needs to aid his mobility so any help would be appreciated. Myself and my older sister are on pensions so we cant di much to help.

  114. My father’s brother died two days ago in hospital. He was diagonosed with cancer only three weeks ago. He lived alone and was on benefits, he had no money in his bank account. My father and his sister are the next of kin. My father is a pensioner and has trouble getting by with the funds he has, he is not in de position of being able to pay for the funeral, not even half of it. I live abroad and am trying to get as much informatie and help as I can for them. It is difficult though when you don’t live in the same country. I hope you can help me. Is there a possibilty that my father and his sister are able to get a Funeral Payment in any way? A reply a.s.a.p. would be very much appreciated as the funeral has to be arranged within the next few days.

  115. My dad passed away yesterday I’m on benefits so was he and p.i.p,how can i pay for the funeral I have no money n there’s no money or assist left from dad?HELP

  116. Sarah – Your Question:

    How long does it take to recieve a reply once youve sent form for funeral expenses payment?


    Our Response:

    We don’t know this unfortunately. I Here are some contact details that might help you:
    Call 0800 731 0469 – The lines are open from 8am to 6pm Monday to Friday, except public holidays. Calls to 0800 are free from landlines and mobiles

  117. hi i am on benefits and recently my eldest brother passed away after a short illness is there any help i can get to help me with my own expenses for example i dont have anything decent to wear for the funeral plus i cannot afford a wreath and also i dont drive and the cost to get to the funeral is expensive as its nearly 200 miles from where i live

  118. Hi, my step daughters mother has died. She is just 9 years old. Can I get help with the funeral and does anyone give grants to the children for her death? Her mother has no money and no savings or estate and we are at a loss of what to do

  119. I have borrowed money to pay for mums funeral and have been told i cant get any help because my brother gets state pension not pension credit! My partner and i get pension credit am struggling to pay this money back what can i do?

  120. Hi there what help can my nephew get for his fathers funeral. He had no money for a funeral but has a mortgaged house still with monies outstanding. My nephew is staying in the house as he has nowhere else to live and doesnt want to sell the family home. What help can my nephew get? He hasn’t been on any benefits only his carers money for looking after his dad. Please help ASAP.

  121. Hi my 73yr old stepfather died a week ago and I’m the only family he had I’m a single Mam of 5 on pip and income support my dad received some benefits and a railway pension I’m struggling to even get the first £1600 to get him out of the hospital I can’t eat or sleep and just don’t know where to turn can you help ?

  122. My 73yr old stepdad died a week ago in hospital I am a single mother of 5 on benefits and pip I am struggling to even get the first £1600 to get him out of the hospital I’m not eating or sleeping because I can’t bare the thought of him there he was on state pension benefits and also received a railway pension as he worked for British railway from the age of 16 I don’t know where to turn can you please help?

  123. Hi my mother in law has just died. She had no assets or money left. She was on a basic state pension. We work so don’t get any of the benefits but don’t have any money to pay for her funeral. What should we do? The bereavement people at the hospital didn’t seem keen on a hospital funeral despite the staff at the mortuary saying it may be ab option.

  124. Hi my dad died suddenly in his flat with his current partner,my dad has’nt had a relrelationship with his dad for over 20yrs and his brother is deceased so is his mother,i was his next of kin my mum was with him for 20yrs and is on universal credit is besides heherself with worry surely just because im on furlo i start a new job as a trainee optical assistant on 1st dec which i only get a low wage of £5ph.Please can someone point me in the right direction so i can bury my daddy his already been passed 12 day’s ,HELP ME

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