Public Health Funerals- Process

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If you believe the Council should take responsibility for arranging a funeral please complete this form as fully as possible. Ensure you complete your contact details, as an officer will need to contact you to discuss arrangements. Return the form to the Private Sector Housing Team.

Once received, a council officer will make reasonable enquiries to determine if a more suitable person, including next of kin or family member, should take responsibility. This is likely to include contacting you for further information.

Where no one is available or able to take on the funeral arrangements, we will:

Determine the financial situation of the deceased.

We will use any estate of the deceased (their property and possessions) to cover the cost of arranging the funeral.

  • If the deceased lived in a private rented property or social housing, we will liaise with the landlord to recover any financial information including bank statements once right of entry has been granted.
  • If the deceased owns their property, you or any other party must not enter the property to remove any valuables or goods, as we will refer the case to the Treasury Solicitor.
  • If family or friends have already removed any possessions from where the deceased lived, these may need to be returned to the Council to help offset the funeral costs.

Arrange a funeral

We will:

  • Direct a preferred funeral director to collect the body.
  • Arrange a cremation unless we are aware the deceased expressly stated otherwise.
  • Arrange a simple but dignified funeral service.
  • Register the death except where an inquest is required.

Funeral Service

The Council's preferred funeral directors will provide everything necessary for a simple but dignified service, including a coffin, transport of the deceased to the crematorium or cemetery in a hearse, and sufficient bearers to transfer the coffin to the chapel. The funeral director will also arrange for a minister of religion or a representative of the faith of the deceased to lead the service. If a non-religious service is appropriate, a civil funeral celebrant will be used. Family and friends may attend the funeral service, but will have no choice as to where and when it is held. To the casual observer, the funeral will appear no different to a simple ceremony not arranged by the Council.

Following the cremation the cremated remains will normally be scattered in an unmarked but recorded location in the Gardens of Remembrance at the crematorium.

Public Health Funerals arranged since January 2014

The Public Health funerals record is a list of persons since January 2014 who have died in the borough for whom the Council has arranged their funeral.