Pay for a funeral

The funeral can be paid for:

  • from a financial scheme (pre-paid funeral plan or insurance policy) the deceased had
  • by you or other family members or friends
  • with money from the person's estate (grant of representation or probate)

You may be able to get help from:

  • a private or personal pension scheme the deceased had that pays a lump sum to help with funeral costs
  • a trade union, professional body or a provident club which pays a benefit when a member dies
  • a life insurance policy taken out by the deceased which pays a lump sum if someone dies before a certain age
  • a funeral payment if you're on low income

Visit GOV.UK for more information on funeral payments.

Funeral costs can include:

  • funeral director fees
  • things the funeral director pays for on your behalf (crematorium or cemetery fees, or a newspaper announcement about the death)
  • local authority burial or cremation fees

Funeral directors may list all these costs in their quote.

Public health funerals

We've a duty to arrange a funeral for people who have passed away in Plymouth if no known next of kin are located, or the next of kin are either unwilling or unable to make arrangements. Email publicprotection@plymouth.gov.uk or call 01752 304147 for further information.

If the death occurred in hospital, the Plymouth Hospitals Trust (01752 202082) will arrange the funeral.

Download List of public health funerals [PDF, 203KB]