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Public Health Funerals

Find out about when we can provide a Public Health Funeral. 

About public health funerals

We do understand that there are occasions when families have no other option than to approach us to make funeral arrangements for them.

This route should not be taken by families who can afford to make other, simple funeral arrangements but choose not to. It’s not a free alternative to a family’s moral responsibility to care for their own family members. The law does not require us to provide a funeral service.

A public health funeral is always an unattended (direct) service.


A public health funeral should not be confused with getting financial assistance toward the cost of a funeral for a friend or relative.

In cases where a public health funeral is agreed, we will:

  • respect the wishes of the deceased, if known
  • decide whether a burial or cremation will take place
  • decide the date and time of the funeral
  • allow the ashes to be collected by a friend or family member
  • seek to recover any costs from the estate of the deceased, where one exists.

When we will provide a public health funeral

The cost of the funeral is normally paid for using funds from the deceased person's estate. 

We have a responsibility under Section 46 of the Public Health (Control of Disease) Act 1984 to plan and pay for Public Health Funerals in certain circumstances. 

If you have any questions about Public Health Funerals, please email us.

Freedom of information requests

We provide information on a quarterly basis about public health funerals. Learn more about FOI requests.

We will publish the case register here. The information shown is only what is known at the point of the funeral being arranged. Any gaps indicate the information is not known.

Name and Age of Deceased Postcode (last known address) Funeral arranged by BCP Council? Next of Kin Previous Last name Funeral Date Funeral Type Cremated remains location Expenses incurred to date Expenses recovered to date