It’s a fact of life that we will all be affected by the loss of a loved one. That doesn’t make it any easier though, does it? Often we don’t feel prepared and struggle to know where to turn to for support and help. Sadly lives, young and old are lost prematurely and sometimes with little or no warning.
Wirral’s Local Offer Communication Officer, Sally Tittle has been invited to join the newly launched Wirral Bereavement Advisory Group. Sally knows from talking to parents, carers and the young people themselves that their number one worry is ‘What will happen to my child if I die?’, ‘How will I cope if my parents/carers die?’
Sally has found that there is a whole range of support services out there to help us here in Wirral. In this section we will outline the range of bereavement related support.
What do we mean by a terminal illness?
Terminal Illness is an illness that cannot be cured or treated and that is expected to result in the death of the patient within a short period of time and eventually ends the life of the sufferer. Again, there are lots of support groups to help families through these difficult times. Here’s a few:
Funeral Arrangements – when the time comes…
Here in Wirral we have several funeral homes specialising in guiding bereaved families through the funeral arrangements.
Frequently Asked Questions – after a person has died…
Question: Who can register a death?
Answer: If the death occurred at home or in hospital the following people can register the death:
- Any relative, (usually a near relative, next of kin)
- The person making the Funeral Arrangements
- An occupant of the house
- Someone who was present at the death
Question: Am I entitled to a Government contribution towards the Funeral expenses?
Answer: The person paying the Funeral expenses may be entitled to some help towards the cost of the funeral, depending on what state benefits he/she receives.
- Income Support
- Housing Benefit
- Council Tax Benefit
- (Income based) Job seekers allowance
- Disabled persons Tax Credit
- Working Family’s Tax Credit
You should contact your local Benefits Agency for more information about this.
Any Funeral payment paid out will have to be paid back from any estate of the deceased person. The estate means any money, property, savings and insurance policies that the deceased person owned. A house or personal possessions that are left to a Widow, Widower or surviving Civil Partner do not count as part of the estate.
Question: Is there a Bereavement Service helpline?
Answer: Yes. Telephone number 0845 606 0265
Writing a Will
Here are a few links to organisations that can help you: