The government advice to local authorities is that funerals are not delayed and that family members can attend them, and to ensure that the wishes of their loved ones and deceased are respected during Covid-19. This includes local authorities working with faith groups and funeral directors to develop safe, sensitive and innovative ways for funerals to take place in line with social distancing guidelines.
Guidance on arranging or attending a funeral during the pandemic is available.
Support with funeral expensesThe government may be able to help with funeral expenses, however it is unlikely to cover the full funeral costs. In order to qualify for help with funeral costs from the government, you must be able to meet the following criteria:
- you receive 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
Visit the website at www.gov.uk/funeral-payments for a step by step guide including details about eligibility.
The Money Advice Service also has some information about other help you may be able to get in relation to paying funerals.
More information can be found at www.moneyadviceservice.org.uk/en/articles/help-paying-for-a-funeral.
Other websites that may be able to provide useful information and advice about funeral costs include: