A baby who’s stillborn after 24 weeks of pregnancy must by law be formally buried or cremated, although a funeral isn’t legally required.
If you live in England, Wales or Scotland, your local council won’t charge you fees for a standard burial or cremation of a child.
Other fees, such a funeral director, flowers and memorial, will still need to be paid.
In England, the Children’s Funeral FundOpens in a new window can contribute up to £300 towards any reasonable funeral costs such as the burial fees, cremation fees and a coffin, shroud or casket.
In Wales, there’s also a £500 contributionOpens in a new window towards the funeral and other related costs such as floral tributes, plaques.
If you live in England or Wales and you are getting certain benefits, you can also apply for up to £1,000 Funeral Expenses Payment to help cover some of the other reasonable costs.
In Scotland, the average payment is £1,000 for contributionOpens in a new window towards any reasonable funeral costs you need to pay for such as the funeral service or funeral car.
In Northern Ireland, you can get up to £1,000 for reasonable funeral expenses for fees or items such as funeral director’s fees, flowers, coffin.
If you’re not using a funeral director, you can claim for some funeral expenses. Find out more on the GOV.UK website
The coronavirus outbreak has imposed serious restrictions on funerals, which makes organising a meaningful ceremony seem difficult. Find out more about what you can do on the Quaker Social Action website