Various bereavement allowances and death benefits can help to ease the financial worry. Check what you can claim for when dealing with the loss of someone close who recently died.
DEATH BENEFITS: Dealing with the death of a spouse or a civil partner is a challenging experience.
It can become even more difficult for the surviving partner if it results with you living on a lower income.
This section explains how you may qualify to get bereavement allowance and death benefits. Help is at hand from the government following the loss of a husband, a wife, or a civil partner.
Bereavement benefits are available for married couples and those who were living together in a civil partnership.
Most death and bereavement allowances are not means-tested benefits. Death benefits can even help you pay for a funeral when you apply for a Funeral Payment. Even better news is that they often get awarded whether you are in work or not.
You need to register the death and arrange a funeral after someone dies. In some cases, you may also need to deal with the estate of the deceased person. Use this list of advice and guidelines about bereavement payments and funeral expenses.
BENEFITS GUIDE: The A to Z list of benefits and allowances covers all the categories of social welfare. Check out your rights to financial benefits entitlement in the United Kingdom.
BENEFIT CALCULATOR: Use the benefits calculator to work out your entitlement rights. Benefit calculators are anonymous, free to use, and have now replaced the Benefits Adviser service.
AFTER A DEATH: As a rule, the death of a spouse or civil partner affects your benefits, tax, and pension. Check what you can claim and who to inform about a change in circumstances.
WIDOW'S PENSION: Those who qualify for the Bereavement Allowance will get a weekly benefit. It is for people widowed from the age of 45 up to the State Pension age in the United Kingdom.
BEREAVEMENT PAYMENT: Check how to claim the £2,000 non taxable Bereavement Payment. The DWP death benefit is for those bereaved by the loss of a spouse or civil partner.
NEW BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT PAYMENTS: The Bereavement Support Payment is a new death benefit. It gets paid out to the most needy of bereaved citizens.
AFTER A DEATH: The death of a child or any parents affects benefits. Find out how to get Child Benefit if a child or parent dies and how to make a new claim for arrears.
FUNERAL PAYMENTS: The DWP Funeral Expenses Payment helps people on a low income. Check if you can get it to cover the cost of arranging a funeral.
GUARDIAN'S ALLOWANCE: Eligibility provides money for taking care of a child whose parents are no longer living. Check current special Guardianship Allowance rates and how to claim.
WAR WIDOW(ER) PENSION: The War Widow's or Widower's Pension gets paid at several different rates. That means your age and your family or household circumstances determine how much you can get.
WPA: The Widowed Parent's Allowance helps widowed parents under State Pension age. Find out how much you can get if you meet the widows parent allowance eligibility criteria.
Death and Bereavement Benefits Advice and Guidance Overview