Children’s funeral costs in Essex

When a family lose a child, the intense heartache can often be made worse by fears over funeral costs.

Now, following a lengthy campaign by Swansea East MP Carolyn Harris, the Government has set up a Children’s Funeral Fund, to waive the local authority elements of the cost of a funeral. The date for its launch has yet to be confirmed.

The fund will cover the cost of a burial or cremation and applies for children and young people under 18 – with around 4,350 people in this category each year.

Each local authority currently has a different cremation or burial fee depending on the location, type of grave, style of coffin and even the time and day.

Families will still have to pay for the costs of a Funeral Director, as well as other extras such as the service, flowers, headstone or a reception, and third party fees or disbursements, such as the fees for the doctor and the minister who officiates at the service.

Co-op funeral fees for children

At Co-op Funeral Directors, we are very transparent over our pricing arrangements. For children under 5, we do not charge for our services and will provide a simple white coffin (if the family prefer a bespoke coffin, there is a fee).

For those aged 5 to 16, we offer a reduced fee of £625. Our normal fees apply for deceased aged 16 upwards.

The price includes the removal of the deceased into our care and looking after right the way through to the funeral. We also provide a hearse, a Funeral Director and pall bearers, plus our administration fees are included.

Help for funeral costs

For people on certain benefits, a Funeral Expenses Payment can also be claimed from the government. The benefits include: Income Support, Jobseeker’s Allowance (income-based), Employment and Support Allowance (income-based), Pension Credit, Housing Benefit, Working Tax Credit (disability element), Child Tax Credit or Universal Credit.

If you would like further details about funeral fees for a child, please contact your local branch of Co-op Funeral Directors.

We can help you with all your funeral planning arrangements