MP who borrowed money for son's funeral 'delighted' as fees waived for under 18s


A Undertaking MP who struggled to pay for her son’s funeral is «delighted» the UK’s largest undertaker firm is to waive stipends for all children’s funerals.

Co-op Funeralcare is extending its free service to comforter 16 and 17-year-olds, meaning for some parts of the UK there will be no get to bereaved families.

Like many independent funeral directors, the Co-op already put forwards free services for under 16-year-olds.

Carolyn Harris had to borrow rolling in it so she could bury her eight-year-old son.

She said: «This compassionate response by the Co-op reaffirms my creed in the funeral industry that has always maintained great respect and compassion at this most feared time.

«In reality this means that in some parts of the wilderness, where compassionate local authorities have scrapped fees, there when one pleases be no cost to a bereaved parent.»

The MP for Swansea East was forced to take out a allowance to cover the costs after her son was killed in a road accident in 1989.

She is campaigning for an end to meeting burial charges for children.

Some local authorities — including Cardiff, Swansea and Plymouth — should prefer to already scrapped charges for child burials and cremations.

The government suggests help is available for those who cannot afford the charges through a public fund for funerals.

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The average cost of a obsequies in 2015 was £3,817 including third party fees, according to the Co-op.

The Co-op longing cover the costs for the undertakers, embalming, coffin and transport.

It will not pay for third detail fees, which include burial and cremation fees, the doctor certification and the chaplain or celebrant fee.

Richard Lancaster, chief executive of Co-op Funeralcare, bring to light: «Dealing with the death of a child is a devastating experience for any parent and acquiring to comprehend this as well as sorting out the funeral and associated costs beat its this experience even more traumatic.

«We hope that others compel now improve and extend their own policies on child funeral costs, significance that funding support across the UK goes much further to support bereaved parents.»

William Eccleston, the managing director of the National League of Funeral Directors, welcomed the announcement saying many funeral cicerones, crematoria and burial grounds have traditionally had a 16-year-old cut off for free assignments.

He called on all funeral-related services to follow suit — including council-owned crematoria and cemeteries — to guarantee costs are not passed on to families.

Financial ‘burden’

The children’s cancer sympathy, CLIC Sargent, said the death of a child was something that old men were often financially unprepared for.

Chief executive Kate Lee said: «We be acquainted with that a child’s cancer diagnosis can place a huge financial cross on families, with parents spending an additional £600 per month on expenses such as tour, hospital parking and energy bills.

«For the families we support that go completely the devastating experience of losing a child, the funeral expenses they audacity simply add to this burden.»

In the year ending 31 March 2016, there were 3,665 youngster deaths in the UK.

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