The death of a loved family member or friend, whether expected or not, is a source of great sadness.
Aside from processing and beginning to deal with grief, the cost of paying for a funeral can be a frightening proposition. Help is available, though.
Funeral Expenses Payment
This is government-funded through the DWP. Full details are available below.
If you are eligible you may get help with some of the costs of the following:
The payments will not, however, usually cover all of the costs of the funeral.
You may qualify for a Funeral Expenses Payment if all of the following apply:
- You get certain benefits or tax credits
- You meet the rules on your relationship with the deceased
- You’re arranging a funeral in the UK, the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland
Find out more here.
How to apply
The best way to apply is by phone. Call the Bereavement Service helpline free on 0800 731 0469
Alternatively you can fill in the claim form (SF200) and send it to the address on the form.
These notes will help with this.