If you need to arrange a funeral for a child, whether it’s for a baby lost during pregnancy or a child up to the age of 18, at Co-op Funeralcare we will carry out our services for free.
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Our colleagues will carefully guide you through all the arrangements and listen to you to understand your thoughts and wishes. They’ll gently suggest unique ways to add personal touches to the day and be right by your side before, during, even after the funeral.
The free services we provide are:
Our funeral director’s services
Our funeral directors will support you through everything you need to do, including completing all the paperwork and making all the arrangements for the funeral.
Use of our chapel of rest
We have private rooms where you can come to visit your child if you want to. You can spend as much time with them as you need. If you’d prefer them to be at home before the funeral, we can help you with this.
Other free services include:
- suitable funeral cars, such as hearse and limousine
- choice of coffin - fully lined and fitted with a soft interior
- your choice of route for the funeral procession
- personnel to conduct the funeral
- use of the funeral home for service where available
- embalming (if requested)
Children's Funeral Fund for England
The Children’s Funeral Fund is a scheme to provide funding for the fees charged for a cremation or burial of a child under the age of 18 or stillborn after the 24th week of pregnancy. If you need to apply for this funding your funeral director will be able to help you.
If you want to choose a different coffin to the ones included for free in our funeral service, if you live in England, we can claim back the first £300 of the cost from the Children's Funeral Fund for England (CFF) on your behalf and you won’t be charged.
Burial and cremation fees
In England, cremation and burial fees, including doctors’ fees for cremation documents, and the cost of a burial plot, will be claimed back from the Children’s Funeral Fund on your behalf.
In Wales, burial and cremation fees are not charged.
If you live in England, Scotland or Wales your local authority will not charge for a standard burial or cremation of a child under the age of 18, but this might not include the cost of the grave.
Things you'll need to pay for
You'll need to pay for minister or officiant fees and any additional products and services that are not included in our free children's funeral services.
You can choose to add other products or services to the funeral at an additional cost:
- personal floral tributes
- funeral stationery, memorial books
- obituary notices, acknowledgements
- fingerprint keepsakes – handprints, footprints and fingerprints available
- caskets, urns and keepsakes
- headstones and masonry
- alternative hearse
- additional limousines
Charities and organisations
There are a number of charities and organisations that support people dealing with the death of a child.
You might find these helpful if you need further support, counselling or somebody else to talk to:
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