Please note the following pages are specifically designed for child funerals. When a baby or child dies, it is one of the most devastating things that can happen. We recognise how deeply distressing this can be for you and your family. We want you to know that we are here to help, guide and support you in whatever funeral you decide for your baby or child. Child funerals Thoughts to consider
The UK government has created the Children's Funeral Fund for England which means that a funeral for a child under 18 or a baby stillborn after the 24th week of pregnancy can be arranged without worrying about some of the costs. These include burial or cremation fees, medical certification and a coffin or casket (up to the value of £300). You don't have to worry about claiming for this fund, our team will do all of this on your behalf. More information can be found about this here - gov.uk/child-funeral-costs. Children's Funeral Fund for England
• Making a memory box can be very helpful and mean different things to different people. It can be a place to store your special keepsakes such as photos, a letter you have written, baby clothes, artwork or a favourite toy • A lock of hair may be able to be taken for a personal keepsake • Toys, photographs, letters, flowers etc. can be placed in the coffin • Consider what your baby or child could be dressed in. This maybe a favourite outfit, baby- grow, jeans/tshirt etc • An estate car or limousine can be used for a baby or small child, instead of a hearse • For a baby’s burial, ribbons can be used to lower the coffin into the grave • At the funeral, our colleagues can wear colourful ties, instead of black • If the baby or child is to be buried, there are a wide range of memorials available from teddies, fairies, Superman, cars etc. (subject to local terms and conditions) • Themed personalised coffins/cremated remains caskets can be made with a favourite Disney or TV character, a rainbow, a favourite holiday photograph etc. (subject to local terms and conditions) Please remember, whatever you choose for your baby or child, we are here every step of the way for you from the funeral arrangement and beyond with our Bereavement Care team (see page 56). We realise you may need us just as much after the funeral, as during the funeral arrangement itself, and we will be here to help.
Our services - free of charge In addition to the Children's Funeral Fund for England, we have opted to include the following services for children under the age of 18 or a baby stillborn after the 24th week of pregnancy free of charge: • Necessary legal and administrative arrangements (see page 80) • Collecting and transporting the deceased (see page 81) • Care of the deceased person (see page 81 • Transport to venue in hearse or other appropriate vehicle (see page 6-17) • Viewing of the deceased • Some third-party fees (see page 82, section C). Speak to one of our funeral co-ordinators for details.
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