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Serving Dorset for over 100 years

We understand that paying for the funeral can sometimes be difficult. If you feel you may have difficulties and need support with the payment, our staff will be able to discuss the options that may be available to you. Contact us today if you need help paying for a funeral in Dorset and we will be happy to assist you and explore your options.

Am I entitled to help with paying for a funeral?

You may be eligible to receive a Funeral Payment from the Social Fund that will help with funeral expenses. This is means tested and is dependent on the person responsible for arranging the funeral being in receipt of government benefits.

The Funeral Payment only covers the necessary burial or cremation costs and a maximum of £1,000 (if the death took place after 8th April 2020) towards the funeral director’s fees.


You may be able to get Bereavement Support Payment if your husband, wife or civil partner died on or after 6 April 2017.

You could be eligible for Bereavement Support Payment if your partner either:

  • paid National Insurance contributions for at least 25 weeks
  • died because of an accident at work or a disease caused by work

When they died you must have been:


If you are eligible for Bereavement Support payment, you’ll get a larger first payment followed by up to 18 monthly payments. The amount that you are able receive to help with funeral expenses will depend on your circumstances.

Circumstance First payment Monthly payment
You have children under 20 in full-time education £3,500 £350
You don’t have children under 20 in full-time education £2,500 £100

You must claim within 3 months of your husband, wife or civil partner’s death to get the full amount. You can claim up to 21 months after but your payments will be less.

Your payments will be paid into your bank or building society account.


Bereavement Support Payment won’t affect your benefits for a year after your first payment. After a year, any payment you have left over could affect the amount of benefit you’re eligible for.

You must tell your benefits office (for example, your local Jobcentre Plus) when you start getting Bereavement Support Payment.

Please note that you can’t claim Bereavement Support Payment if you’re in prison.

For further information and help available to you from the Social Fund please download the claim form and notes, or visit Your nearest Jobcentre Plus branch will also be able to help you.  On their website, you can enquire further about funeral expenses payment.

Some large company pensions have their own fund to assist members in need. If the deceased was a member of a company pension, you may be able to apply for help with funeral expenses. You would need to contact the deceased’s company pension scheme for further details.


Thinking about getting a loan to help with funeral expenses?

Funeral Safe are a Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) regulated consumer credit provider specialising in tailored funeral finance. Follow this link to find out more.

If you would like more information on what resources are available to you to help with funeral expenses in Dorset, please contact our team for advice.