We are the lead organisation working with Public Health England to represent the interests of the Muslim community with regards to burials due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Please download our latest guidance documents below.
Government financial support for funerals
The government can provide (i) a £2500 lump sum payment plus an ongoing amount of £100 per month for 18 months or (ii) 60% reimbursement for the cost of the funeral, for those who are on certain benefits and have to arrange for the funeral of someone close to them. The application process is simple and money can be transferred within 48 hours. It is applicable for all funerals in the last 6 months. Eligibility criteria apply - please click here or call the Bereavement Support Line who can do the application for you on the phone 08007310139 or 08001214433
Latest Face Covering Guidance (07/08/2020)
The Face Coverings guidance has now been redrafted to include 'funeral service providers (funeral homes, crematoria and burial ground chapels)' as locations where a face covering would be required.
- Pallbearers will not be required to wear face coverings during services as they are covered by exemptions for 'employees of indoor settings'. However, employers can consider their use where appropriate and where other mitigations are not in place inline with Covid19 infection control guidelines.
- If a person is in emotional distress during a service the intention of the guidance is that they are encompassed within reasonable excuses to remove a face covering. It would be expected that they wear a covering into the service but can remove their face covering if in distress.