Financial Assistance

Assistance With Funeral Expenses

Funerals will come with inevitable expenses. Funerals for later in life can be expected and therefore finances are often put in place well before they are needed. However the loss of a child is so often completely unexpected, the costs involved can be daunting at what is already a difficult time. Many funeral professionals will offer help where they can to anyone in your position, but rest assured that we are here to help also.

A reminder of one of our key objectives:

– Providing financial assistance for those families* who are having difficulty paying for standard funeral disbursements**

The “small print”:

  • * Residing in, and requiring a funeral in, the UK.
  • ** Standard funeral disbursements are: Church fees, minister fees, organist fees, cemetery fees, crematorium fees, doctors’ fees.  (It is usual for these fees to be waived or reduced for a child’s funeral.)
  • Standard funeral disbursements ARE NOT: Funeral Director professional fees, funeral printing, vehicles, flowers, press notices, memorials, catering and anything else, considered by the trustees, not to be essential to a basic funeral.

shutterstock_10864507compDo you need our help?

You may be struggling to raise the funds for a dignified funeral, or perhaps just lost in the process.

For financial assistance with funeral disbursements, you will need to apply in writing to us Children Are Butterflies. We have created an application form for this process, and all applications are dealt with, in confidence, on a case by case basis by the Trustees of the charity. We apologise, but the form does ask some personal questions, however these are necessary to make a fair judgement on each application. Therefore, unfortunately, incomplete forms can not be processed.

Applying for Assistance

The process is simple, but thorough, to ensure fairness to all applicants:

 1 – Download, print and complete an application form:

Application Form for Financial Assistance

Once you have completed your part of the form:


2 – Have your assigned Funeral Director endorse the form.


3 – Post the form to us at:

Children Are Butterflies,
148-150 Beech Avenue,
Abington, Northampton.


4 – We aim to process applications within 72 hours of receiving them.

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