Grief Support Resources

Bereavement Financial Support

Bereavement Support Payment

The government has a welfare benefit set up called the Bereavement Support Payment, which you may be able to claim if your husband, wife or civil partner has died. These benefits are not means-tested, so they are available to anyone regardless of their income level and can be paid whether or not you are working.

The Bereavement Support Payment consists of an initial lump sum payment of £2,500 (or, if you have children, £3,500) and a further 18 monthly instalments of £100 (or, if you’re eligible for Child Benefit, £350). You must claim within 3 months of your partner’s death to get the full amount, you can claim up to 21 months after their death but you’ll get fewer monthly payments.

These payments are not taxable and are disregarded in the benefit cap and when calculating entitlement to means-tested benefits. 

You can apply for this by either downloading the Bereavement Support Payment claim form on their website or by calling calling the Bereavement Service Helpline (see phone numbers below).

Full details can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/bereavement-support-payment

Funeral Expenses Payment

The government has also set up help for those with low incomes who are struggling to pay for a funeral, called the Funeral Expenses Payment (also called a Funeral Payment)

You can apply for the Funeral Expenses Payment if you are in receipt of any of the qualifying benefits (such as income support, housing benefit etc.), and are in need of help paying for a funeral. 

You usually have to repay some or all of it from the deceased person’s estate. The estate includes any money or property they had but not a house or personal things left to a widow, widower or surviving civil partner.

Applications should be made within 6 months of the funeral taking place. However you can make a claim before the funeral if you’ve got an invoice or signed contract from the funeral director (it must not be an estimate).

To make a claim you can either download, fill in and post the claim form found on their website or by calling the Bereavement Service Helpline (see phone numbers below). 

Full details can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/funeral-payments

Bereavement Service Helpline

  • Telephone: 0800 731 0469
  • Welsh Language: 0800 731 0453
  • Textphone: 0800 731 0464
  • Welsh Language Textphone: 0800 731 0456
  • Relay UK (if you cannot hear or speak on the phone): 18001 then 0800 731 0469
  • Video relay service for British Sign Language (BSL) users – check you can use the service
  • Opening Times: Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 3.30pm

 

An adviser will also help you claim any other bereavement benefits you might be entitled to.

Bereavement Charities and Support Groups

  • Cruse: Is the leading charity in the U.K. specialising in bereavement. They provide support, information, advice, education and training with services offered free to bereaved people. http://www.cruse.org.uk
  • AtaLoss.org: this website offers a comprehensive online directory of UK wide services resources and information for the bereaved. www.ataloss.org