The impact of funeral poverty can be financial, in the form of a legacy of debt but it can also be emotional in the form of the distress, shame and the perceived stigma of not being able to provide a ‘decent send-off’ for someone we love. More people struggle to cover the cost of a funeral than you might think - almost one in five of us. Worrying about money is the last thing you want when you’ve lost someone. 
The taboos around death and money can put people off talking to each other about paying for a funeral but there is a need to start doing this. Funeral costs have spiralled - 80% in the last ten years. At the same time Government grants, which used to cover the cost of a basic funeral for people on low incomes, have eroded and now fall way short of the overall bill.
This briefing note has been put together as a basis for discussion around the subject of funeral poverty and to consider if there are actions that could be taken.