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Children's Funeral Fund in England

The government has launched the new Children's Funeral Fund in England. The new fund can help to pay for some of the costs of a funeral for a child under the age of 18- or a baby stillborn after the 24th week of pregnancy. The burial or cremation must take place in England. It is not means-tested: what a parent earns or how much they have in savings will not affect what they get.

The fund can help pay for:

  • burial fees
  • cremation fees, including the cost of a doctor's certificate
  • a coffin, shroud or casket (up to a cost of £300).

More information about the Children's Funeral Fund is available here: https://www.gov.uk/child-funeral-costs

 

Other helpful resources and information can be found below:

 

wish upon a star

2 Wish Upon A Star is a charity in Wales where the emphasis is on bereavement support for parents after losing their child suddenly and traumatically. 

Our Aims:

  • Ensure every A and E Department in Wales has a suitable bereavement suites for bereaved relatives
  • Bereavement boxes are available for parents at each of these hospitals
  • Immediate bereavement support is available for parents and siblings
  • To provide a professional counselling service for bereaved parents
  • To work with staff through training and emotional support

Email: info@2wishuponastar.org

 winston's wish

This is a very good site to find help in talking with and supporting other siblings or wanting information for their schools. If you have other children who go to school you may want to share this site with the school. Click here

Helpline:  0845 123 2304

 Lullaby

This website is particular helpful if you have lost  a baby or small child. Click here

Please see here for 'the child death review, a guide for parents and carers.' 

Bereavement Support:

0808 802 6868

                    child death helpline

This helpline is staffed by parents who have themselves lost a child and therefor may be able to help in a more personal way. Click here

Helpline:  0800 282 986

       muslim bereavement support

The Muslim Bereavement Support Service is a registered charity, founded in 2012. We are a non-profit organisation serving the Muslim community by supporting bereaved mothers who have lost a child at any stage. We also work with other organisations, the NHS and hospices in particular, to give a spiritual context to the bereavement support services they offer. Losing a loved one is an extremely painful experience and the range of feelings and emotions as well as physical reactions can be very confusing and further upsetting. For this reason we aim to help in any way we can during this difficult time. Our confidential service is provided by trained volunteers. 

 child funeral charity

This charity may well be able to help with funeral costs. Click here

Helpline:  01480 276088

 a child of mine

This site was set up by a parent whose child had died and she could find nothing that she needed at that time. Click here

Contact: 07803 751229

 bereavement advice

 A free helpline and web-based information service. They provide practical advice on coping after your loss. Click here

Contact: 0800 634 9494

 children of jannah

The website was launched in 2011 to support grieving Muslim parents and families. Click here

Support Line: 0161 480 5156

 the compassionate friends

TCF is a charitable organisation of bereaved parents, siblings and grandparents dedicated to the support and care of other bereaved parents, siblings, and grandparents who have suffered the death of a child/children. Click here

Helpline: 0845 123 2304

 contact a family

If your child died from a specific illness there may be websites that support parents whose child has died from that condition. Contact-a-Family is a very good organisation who may be able to help. Click here

Helpline: 0808 808 3555

sand rose

Sand Rose provides free breaks to any bereaved family or person although there is a particular emphasis on young families. They offer one or two week breaks in Cornwall and can also offer short breaks if needed. Sand Rose works through a nomination process. All requests for a break must be supported by a nominee. However, it seems that families can be referred by organizations or they can self-refer. They usually book 3 - 6 months in advance and Subsidised travel costs are available upon request.

They offer a unique place for people to adjust and become more able to cope with their loss. Grief is isolating. Experience shows that a break at Sand Rose provides that necessary stepping stone for people to move forward. Click here

                   Child bereavement UK

Child Bereavement UK supports families and educates professionals when a baby or child dies or is dying, or when a child is facing bereavement. Click here

          Child bereavement

The Childhood Bereavement Network (CBN) is the hub for those working with bereaved children, young people and their families across the UK. We underpin our members' work with essential support and representation: bringing them together across localities, disciplines and sectors to improve bereavement care for children.

          The Harbour

 The Harbour is a charity with over 20 years' experience of delivering professional counselling and psychotherapy, free of charge, to people affected by life-threatening illness or who are bereaved. Each year they support more than 200 people from Bristol and the South West, carrying out in the region of 2,000 counselling sessions per year. You don't need to live in Bristol to access our services, and you can refer yourself or be referred to them by another organisation - please contact them  if you have any questions about how to do this.

They focus on making the most of limited resources - they are a small yet professional team who are supported by passionate volunteers. 

 

             sudden charity logo

Sudden: Supporting suddenly bereaved children and young people:
What we do: We understand that people bereaved by sudden death suffer terribly - whether it's through a road crash, suicide, accident, or undiagnosed medical reasons. They are often left isolated, bewlidered and traumatised and need specialist support to help them cope. On this site you will find useful information to help you as a bereaved parent or to help you with a child's siblings.  Here you will find a link to the page you may like to see. 

                      Bereaved Family Support

Bereaved Parent Support : The death of a child, of any age, brings heartbreak and devastation. Whether your child died recently or some time ago, Bereaved Parent Support is here to help you find hope, healing, peace, and a way forward. Look here for articles and personal stories from others who have faced a similar loss. You can also find out about our telephone befriending service and events especially for bereaved parents.