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What is a pauper’s funeral?

‘Pauper’s Funeral’ is a term that is sometimes used to describe a Public Health Funeral. The local authority can arrange this for someone who has passed away and has no one to take responsibility for arranging their funeral.

What is a pauper’s funeral?

‘Pauper’s Funeral’ is a term that is sometimes used to describe a Public Health Funeral. The local authority can arrange this for someone who has passed away and has no one to take responsibility for arranging their funeral.

Sometimes, people pass on with no relatives or friends left behind, so in these circumstances, a Public Health Funeral can still provide the deceased with a simple, respectable funeral.

 

Only the council can take responsibility for arranging a Pauper’s Funeral, so if a member of the public begins to make arrangements with a funeral director, the financial responsibility is left with that individual.

 

Because this option is supposed to be a last resort when there is no other alternative, there can be no contributions or part funding from the bereaved. If the deceased has no assets left in their estate when they pass, the council can subside the costs for the funeral director.


How else can I get help with funeral costs?

 

There are various government schemes in place that can help with funeral costs. People who are entitled to certain benefits may be granted a Funeral Payment from the government. This will help pay for:

  • Burial or cremation fees
  • A doctor's certificate
  • £700 towards funeral director fees
  • Travel arrangements and the cost of moving the deceased

 

There are certain criteria you must meet to be eligible for a funeral payment. You may also be entitled to a bereavement support payment.


A low cost cremation can help reduce funeral costs

 

Simplicity Cremations can offer a direct cremation from just £995, and attended funerals from £1,395, which is significantly lower than the cost of a traditional funeral which can average around £4,200 in the UK.

 

Where cost is a particular issue, our direct cremation is a popular option amongst families. Our professional team can collect the deceased, before carrying out a low cost, simple cremation without any mourners present.

 

If you were not close with the departed, then a direct cremation can allow your loved one a dignified yet affordable funeral with much lower expenses than the ones you may incur with a full funeral service. The ashes will be scattered in our garden of remembrance or returned to you on request.

 

A direct cremation means that costs such as a limousine, hearse, flowers and headstone are removed, but if you choose Simplicity Cremations, you can rest assured that your loved one is being tended to with the utmost care by our professional, respectful team.


How planning a funeral in advance can help

 

A prepaid funeral plan can be set up in order to pay for a funeral in advance. With the cost of funerals rising year on year, we can freeze today’s price, so that the sum can then be paid in instalments. This can save loved ones from the financial strain of organising a funeral in the future.

 

Funeral insurance allows someone to pay a lump sum of money that can help cover the costs of a funeral. Again, this can provide the bereaved family with financial support for the funeral. Many funeral insurance providers will offer different tiers of cover, so one can be chosen to best suit the needs and wishes of the individual.

 

To find out more about our simple cremation services, then please call us today on 0800 484 0260.