Information about Public Health Funerals that have taken place in Fenland
We are required to carry out a Public Health Funeral for a person who:
This is required under Section 46 of the Public Health (Control of Disease) Act of 1984. It does not apply to anyone who dies in hospital or an ambulance.
The Coroner will contact us when a death has occurred and there are no known person(s) making suitable arrangements for the body.
If we are required to undertake a Public Health Funeral, we will arrange a basic but respectful burial or cremation. This usually includes:
*Public Graves are un-purchased graves. They do not allow for the erection of a grave monument. They may be shared with an un-related person.
** The time and date of the cremation booking will be decided by the contracting undertaker and will be un-attended except for the undertaker and an officer of the Council
Using details from the Coroner, Police and/or Undertaker, we will do our best to contact the next of kin of a person who has died in these circumstances.
If a will is found, we will tell the executor about the person's death. They are responsible for managing the deceased's estate and arranging their funeral.
We do not place notices relating to public health funerals.
We may need to search the property of the deceased. This is to find out next of kin/family details and secure items of value.
If there is no next of kin, the estate will be referred to the Government Legal Department. This is only if the estate is valued over £500 after funeral costs.
If the deceased lived in rented accommodation, the landlord is responsible for cleaning the premises and any related costs after we have searched the property. The same applies if the deceased lived in a care or nursing home.
We can recover the costs of a funeral within three years. This is through a civil debt placed on the estate of the deceased.
We cannot part-fund a funeral.
For more information, please contact the Environment & Leisure Support Team. You can do this by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 01354 654321.