As the cost of dying continues to rise, here’s a guide on how to get help to cover funeral costs

Sun Life’s annual cost of dying report has found the average cost of a funeral is now £3,953 (SunLife Cost of Dying Report 2023).

Following much press coverage surrounding the rising cost of death, we’ve compiled a guide on how to get help with funeral costs.


Can you get help with funeral costs?

There are many ways you can get help with funeral costs. A good starting point is the Government’s ‘Funeral Payments’ scheme.


How to Claim funeral expenses.

To be eligible for the scheme you must:

  • Claim within 3 months of the funeral
  • Be claiming one of a range of benefits or tax credits e.g. income support
  • Meet the rules on your relationship with the deceased
  • Apply using form SF200 or over the phone with the bereavement service helpline