Bereavement counsellingMany of us need support following a funeral service. This may be in the form of financial advice or simply a helping hand for day to day problems.

When we lose someone, our finances are often a very complicated matter that needs to be dealt with quickly. This can often cause great worry at a time when it is least expected.

Settling the funeral account can indeed cause worry in itself. Many of us may be able to get help from the Social Fund towards settling the funeral account. The funeral payment is intended to help those on a low income with the essential costs of a funeral. It is important to remember that it may not settle the entire account.

This is where we can help with offering various payment options, to clear the outstanding balance.

You can make a claim for the funeral payment if you or your partner is receiving one or more of the following,

  • Income Support,
  • Income based Jobseeker’s Allowance,
  • House or Council Tax Benefit,
  • Income Related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
  • Pension Credit.

You may also be able to claim if you receive Child Tax Credit on a higher level or Working Tax Credit with an allowance for disability.

We have included a link to The Social Fund website below for more information.

When a person passes away, they usually leave an estate which may include money, possessions and property. Their wishes for the dissolution of the estate will be contained in their Will. A named person in the Will is known as the executor, and will be responsible for ensuring that any debts are resolved, and legacies are settled.

The act of probate is confirming that the Will is genuine and that the executor may carry out his or her duties. There are a number of factors that will decide whether or not you will need to apply for probate. We have included a link to The HM Courts & Tribunal Service website for more information.

Bereavement counsellingMany of us find it extremely difficult coming to terms with the loss of a loved one. Whilst we may have family and friends that help us by talking about our feelings and emotions, some of us need a little extra help.

Counselling is a way in which you can discuss your thoughts, feelings and worries with a trained professional, who will be able to help you come to terms with what has happened. There are a number of different options that you can choose from.

The Bereavement Counselling Charity aims to support adults, children and young people in Hampshire. We have included a link to the Bereavement Counselling Charity website for more information.

Another option is private counselling. We can provide details of local counsellors should you feel that this could help you in coming to terms with your loss.

Our counsellors are very experienced and specialise in bereavement care and support.

We can arrange for you to meet with a counsellor either in the comfort of your own home or at our funeral home. A number of meetings may be necessary to allay any worries or concerns you may have.