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Funeral Expenses

You may wish to contact a Funeral Director to discuss what arrangements you would like. You are entitled to ask for a free quotation, however you are under no obligation to use a Funeral Director and may wish to undertake the arrangements yourself. Please see our page on Independent Funerals for more information.

Expenses may include:

  • Doctor's certificates
  • Removal of the deceased
  • Care and |embalming of the deceased
  • Hearse and Limousine
  • Notices in local papers
  • Preparation services of the deceased
  • Church and Minister fees
  • Flowers
  • Cemetery or Crematorium Fees
  • Reception arrangement
  • Memorials

If your choice is burial, our page detailing |information on burials and graves may provide you with further information on choices available.

Information regarding help with Funeral Costs

Funeral Payment
If you are on a low income and need financial help to pay for a funeral, you may be able to get a one-off Funeral Payment from the Social Fund. You might have to repay some or all of the payment from the estate of the person who died. Funeral Payments are usually paid by cheque, made out to the funeral director. However, the cheque is sent to you and you must pass it onto the funeral director. (See below on how to claim)

Bereavement Allowance
After you are widowed you may be able to claim Bereavement Allowance (Form BB1), the taxable weekly benefit paid to you for up to 52 weeks from the date of death of your husband, wife or civil partner. (See below on how to claim)

Bereavement Payment
If your husband, wife or civil partner has died you may be able to get Bereavement Payment, a one-off, lump-sum payment of 2,000 that's tax-free. (See below on how to claim)

How to Claim
To claim for the Funeral Payment, Bereavement Allowance or Bereavement Payment, ask for a bereavement benefits pack by contacting The Department of Work and Pensions Office at Fortune House, 7-3 Monument Hill, Weybridge, Surrey, telephone 0845 6043719. Or you can find out more information and download a the form from their website:

|Funeral Payment

|Bereavement Allowance

|Bereavement Payment

If there is nobody to make suitable funeral arrangements
If there are no suitable funeral arrangements for the disposal of the deceased, the Borough Council will exercise its duty under Section 46 of the Public Health (Control of Disease) Act, 1984 to arrange for the deceased to be cremated or buried. This legislation allows for the recovery of expenses from the deceased's estate. For further information |please contact the Cemeteries Manager.

It is not a requirement to purchase the grant of exclusive right of burial in a grave space. A burial may be arranged in a common grave where the exclusive rights are not purchased. A common grave is shared with unrelated burials. |Read more on Common Graves.

|Funeral Directors - Basic Funeral Package
Most Funeral Directors can offer a basic funeral package. |View a list on local Funeral Directors here.

For more information on Cemetery Services in Elmbridge |please contact the Cemeteries Manager.

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