Directgov Bereavement benefits

Loss and bereavement

Information on what benefits are available in bereavement.

There are a number of bereavement related benefits that you can apply to central government for. These benefits are managed and paid by central government. For more information please use the External website area to take you to the relevant pages on Directgov.

Funeral Payment

If you're on a low income and need help to pay for a funeral you're arranging, you may be able to get a Funeral Payment from the Social Fund. You might have to repay some or all of it from the estate of the person who died.

Bereavement Allowance

After you're widowed you may be able to claim Bereavement Allowance, the taxable weekly benefit paid to you for up to 52 weeks from the date of death of your husband, wife or civil partner.

Bereavement Payment

If your husband, wife or civil partner has died you may be able to get Bereavement Payment, a one-off, lump-sum payment of £2, 000 that's tax-free.

War Widow's or Widower's Pension

Is a tax-free pension you may be entitled to if your wife, husband or civil partner died as a result of their service in Her Majesty's (HM) Armed Forces or during a time of war.

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