With thanks to GRIN for this new item.

Bereaved parents will no longer have to pay the cost of their child’s burial or cremation following the launch of the Children’s Funeral Fund for England last week.

Through the scheme, funeral providers will be able to directly claim burial or cremation costs, as well as a contribution towards the cost of a coffin, so that parents do not need to worry about managing these expenses. Parents can also claim directly from the scheme if they choose not to use a funeral director.

The scheme is available regardless of a family’s income, and will cover costs for children under 18 and stillbirths after the 24th week of pregnancy.

Andy Fletcher, Chief Executive of the charity Together for Short Lives, said:

“No bereaved parent should ever have to worry about how to meet the cost of their child’s funeral just at point when they are trying to come to terms with their loss. Yet this is often the case for parents of seriously ill children, many of whom will have suffered years of financial hardship as they tried to meet the additional costs of caring. The Children’s Funeral Fund will provide much needed support for these families. It is vital that every parent in England who loses a child knows that it is there for them.”

Steph Nimmo, a writer, journalist and a mother to Daisy, who died as a result of a life-limiting condition, said:

“Losing a child is the worst thing that can ever happen to a parent. Having to then face the financial burden of giving them a wonderful funeral adds unnecessary pain and worry at this heart-breaking time.

“When my daughter Daisy died, I needed to focus on grieving and supporting Daisy’s siblings but found myself worrying about the financial burden of paying for her funeral. No parent should ever have to worry about money whilst grieving for a child.”

Further details about the Fund can be found on the Gov.uk website, together with information on how to use the scheme.

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The charity Together for Short Lives supports children and families living with a life-limiting or life-threatening condition get the very best care and support they can so they can make the most of every moment together.