Too many people can’t afford a funeral when someone they love dies. The death of a child is something that parents are completely emotionally and financially unprepared for.
With two in three parents in debt as a result of their child’s cancer diagnosis, funerals can be a difficult additional cost to bear.
All too frequently, the cost of a funeral imposes a crippling and unmanageable financial burden on grieving families, during what is an already impossible time.
CLIC Sargent thinks families should be able to bury their loved ones with dignity, without having to worry about how they will meet the cost.
What we know
The cost of funerals varies greatly across the country, and can be a huge source of debt and worry to bereaved families.
For some, this may come after a long period of treatment and hit them at the point that they are already deep in debt.
Applying for grants and shopping around funeral directors is incredibly difficult when you’re struggling with grief.
This is why CLIC Sargent is urging the government to create a children’s funeral fund.
With just £10million a year, the government could cover the cost of children’s burial and cremation fees across the UK, relieving a considerable financial burden on grieving parents.
CLIC Sargent has been campaigning on this issue with Carolyn Harris, MP for Swansea East and Quaker Social Action, who directly support people struggling with funeral costs through their Down to Earth service and run the national Fair Funerals campaign to tackle the underlying causes of funeral poverty.
Since we launched our campaign, almost 2,000 of you contacted your MP about the need to create a Children’s Funeral Fund.
In March 2017, the UK’s leading national funeral provider Co-op Funeralcare announced that it will extend its free child funeral policy to include 16 and 17 year-olds.
The Welsh Government has also announced that bereaved parents will no longer have to pay burial charges for children in Wales.
In November 2017 the Department for Work and Pensions committed to making improvements to the Social Fund’s Funeral Expenses Payment Scheme to help those accessing the scheme for financial support for children’s funerals.
CLIC Sargent will keep fighting for families across the UK who desperately need support with the cost of their child’s funeral, to ensure that grieving parents do not have to suffer the added indignity and distress of funeral poverty.
Find out more
Read our briefing for Parliamentarians on the issues around funeral poverty and children’s funeral costs.