Child burial and cremation
charges scrapped in Liverpool
LIVERPOOL City Council is waiving
charges for child burial and cremations. It follows a request from Love,
Jasmine; 1 of the Council's corporate charities, which supports families following
the death of a child.
The City Council currently carries out around 100 cremations and 34 burials of
children under the age of 16 each year. Previously it cost ₤66 for a cremation
and ₤145 for a burial.
Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson said:- "The loss of a child is a traumatic
time for any parent and it is right and proper that we do all we can to support
families at what is a very difficult moment. Having to find the money for a
burial or cremation can add additional stress and a financial burden when their
grief is still raw, and that is why we have agreed to this excellent suggestion
from Love, Jasmine."
Love, Jasmine was set up by Kathy and Rob Lapsley from Anfield in memory of
their daughter Jasmine, who passed away suddenly in 2014. The charity aims to
support families who have suffered the loss of a child by providing dedicated
support groups, complimentary therapies, advice and guidance.
Rob Lapsley said:- "We'd like to thank Liverpool City Council for waiving
burial and cremation costs for children.
Nobody expects to have to plan their own child's funeral and many families often
find themselves in financial difficulty after losing a child. The decision to
waive burial and cremation costs will help ease that financial burden."
A child grave is already offered to families at no cost, although there will
still be a charge for those wanting a full size family grave where other
relatives can be buried. More information about the work of Love, Jasmine
can be found