Where there are no relatives willing or able to make funeral arrangements, then we may be able to help under the Public Health (Control of Disease) Act 1984.
We aim to comply with the requirements of the Act in a sympathetic manner, making all the appropriate funeral arrangements. Where possible, we will recover expenses from the deceased person’s estate to limit the costs to our residents.
We normally act on written instructions received from the local Coroner’s Office. In some instances, managers of residential homes and sheltered accommodation advise when a death has occurred, and as far as they know there are no relatives willing or able to make the funeral arrangements. When a person dies in hospital the Health Authority may assist with making the funeral arrangements.
The funeral is arranged through a local funeral director and would normally involve a burial, accompanied by just a few simple words at the grave side.
Where details of family and friends are found, these persons will be informed of the death and invited to make the funeral arrangements.