PRESS RELEASE: Co-op Funeralcare welcomes announcement on child funeral fees

In a change helping thousands of bereaved families

The UK’s leading national funeral provider, Co-op Funeralcare, welcomes today’s government announcement on the abolishment of child funeral fees.

For the last 30 years Co-op has helped over 25,000 families who’ve lost a child. In March 2017, Co-op launched a new free child funeral policy, providing additional funding support for thousands of bereaved parents of children up to the age of 18. Since introducing the policy, the business has been calling upon government, local authorities and private organisations to follow its lead in waiving child funeral fees.

In addition to the charge for funeral director services, approximately a third of the average cost of a funeral is made up by third party charges, such as burial or cremation charges. These vary greatly by region but on average across the UK amount to £1,055*.

Today’s government announcement, combined with Funeralcare’s policy, will offer bereaved families much greater support with funeral costs.

In some locations such as Wales, the Wirral, Ipswich, Harrogate, Cheshire West and Chester Local Authorities had already waived both burial and cremation fees up to the age of 18**. However, the announcement of the Child Funeral Fund will mean that there will be no regional restrictions or limitations to any family having to cover the cost of their child’s funeral.

David Collingwood, Director of Funerals for Co-op Funeralcare said: ‘’The emotional impact of losing a child is more than enough to bear for any parent. To have planned for a positive future for your child, and then be faced with their loss at whatever age is something no parent should have to experience.

‘’Having to manage the practical aspects of organising the funeral together with suddenly finding the money to pay for such an event only adds to this unimaginable grief. At the beginning of 2017 we made the move to extend our support, ensuring that bereaved parents of children up to the age of 18 will not be charged for our services. We provide all our services, the coffin, a vehicle or hearse for the funeral with no charge.

‘’We welcome the positive changes made by government and local authorities, helping us to do what matters most as a caring society. The alterations made to child funeral fees are helping to ensure that any parent facing such a tragic loss has the highest level of reassurance from everyone involved.’’


*In 2016 Co-op data shows that third party costs were £1055 on average. This amount varies as Local Authority and third party pricing differs across the UK
**Charges may apply to non-local residents in some cases

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Sarah Pyatt

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