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National Assistance Burials


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There are occasions when someone dies and there are no relatives or friends to arrange a funeral. When no suitable arrangements can be made, we can provide assistance in the burial or cremation of the deceased person.
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In these circumstances the funeral arrangements will be made with the Funeral Director nominated by the Council, it is therefore important that contact is made with us prior to finalising any arrangements with another undertaker.

If the deceased person has not made known their funeral preference to be buried or cremated, then a cremation will take place

We will arrange a basic funeral service although this will not cover the provision of flowers, transport (other than the hearse) or notices in local newspapers. Advice will be given on these and other necessary arrangements. The Funeral ceremony will be conducted as far as possible with the deceased's beliefs, with a chapel service held at the Crematorium.  

If the deceased has left any money in a bank / building society, from an insurance policy or pensions this will be used towards the funeral expenses. Should any personal effects remain, the Council will make arrangements for disposal of these items. If possible property is sold and the money offset against the cost of the funeral.

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We will make every effort to meet the wishes of the deceased. For further information and advice on National Assistance Burials please contact us.

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