The Children’s Funeral Fund, launched earlier this summer, represents at least one small piece of good news for bereaved parents.
The scheme, which applies in England, means parents will no longer bear the cost of a burial or a cremation if a child dies.
The fund works by allowing funeral providers to make a claim for the cost of a burial or cremation, and also a contribution towards the cost of a coffin. This will take the burden away from parents, who already have so much to contend with.
A claim can also be made directly by parents if they prefer not to use a funeral director.
The Children’s Funeral Fund is open to all families, whatever their income, and applies to children who die under the age of 18, and to stillbirths which happen after the 24th week of pregnancy.
There is more information here on how to access the fund.
If you would like to talk to the team here are Optimum about any legal issues surrounding bereavement, funeral planning, making a will or lasting powers of attorney, please get in touch and we would be happy to help.