To: Philip Hammond

Philip Hammond: Bury funeral debt for grieving families

Philip Hammond: Bury funeral debt for grieving families

Raise the funeral fund for grieving families

Why is this important?

The government funeral fund used to cover the cost of a basic funeral for families who otherwise wouldn't be able to afford one. Now it covers less than 40%. Many families like mine are being forced into debt and poverty because they can't afford a funeral when someone they love dies.

My mum was only 46 years when she got diagnosed with a brain tumour and told she had three months to live. I was stunned when the funeral director said it would cost £5,000 for a cremation. I felt shame having to owe people money. Because I was unable to repay the debt and deal with my own emotions, I wasn’t able to grieve in peace.

Now the Fair Funerals campaign is calling on the government to raise the funeral fund and help families grieve in dignity. One in six grieving families get into serious financial problems trying to pay for a funeral.

Tell the government to save grieving people like me from funeral debt. Please sign this petition now.


Reasons for signing

  • As a funeral director, I see all too often what funeral poverty can do to families.
  • Because 11 months ago I had to borrow money from family when my wife died suddenly aged 36. If I'd not had that option, it would have been a credit card or bank loan, meaning debt when I was not only dealing with incredible personal loss, but our household income had just been halved overnight.
  • the rate of increase in costs of funerals is a national disgrace

Updates

2017-10-19 16:21:03 +0100

500 signatures reached

2017-10-17 14:28:37 +0100

100 signatures reached

2017-10-16 20:19:47 +0100

50 signatures reached

2017-10-14 16:20:30 +0100

25 signatures reached

2017-10-13 07:54:57 +0100

10 signatures reached