What benefits am I entitled to in the event of a death?

For a full break down of what benefits you are entitled to and a step by step guide on what to do when someone dies, please click here 

What is the process involved for embalming a body for a funeral abroad?

Many people who choose to have loved ones embalmed, so the bodies can be repatriated from the UK to another country for burial. Please see below the procedure of embalming that is required before repatriation.

Embalming is the process of preserving a body to delay the natural break down of cells, which begins when one dies. It temporarily helps prevent the processes that cause our bodies to decay.

Embalming temporarily delays the first stages of decomposition, which begin to break down our body tissues from the moment that we die. It can also seem to restore our physical appearance.

The embalming process involves draining and replacing body fluids, which are no longer circulating around the body, with a mixture of preserving chemicals.

Before a body is embalmed, it is washed and then washed again after the procedure. During embalming it is massaged, to help work the preserving fluids through the body. An artery is then selected in the neck or the groin and opened to allow the introduction of a small tube.  The small tube is used to pump embalming fluid into the blood vessel and throughout the body that replaces the blood, which is removed and discarded.

Embalming solutions are commonly a mixture of chemicals including Alcohol in the form of methanol, approximately 5% - Formaldehyde approximately 25%, Water approximately 69% and Propanediol, a compound similar to antifreeze approximately 1%

There are two main types of embalming: arterial embalming and cavity embalming. The process usually takes between two and four hours.

In the event of rule non-compliance at a janazah (funeral) or taziyat (wake) - who holds ultimate responsibility; the funeral director or the venue manager?

In the event of rule/guideline non compliance, the venue manager is ultimately responsible and liable for any penalties for infringement.

Does the rule for a maximum of 30 people for funerals apply if the janazah takes place immediately after a fard prayer at the masjid?

No. If the janazah salat takes place immediately after the fard jamaat at the masjid, there is no set maximum capacity, but it will be determined by the individual masjid capacity within Covid-19 guidelines and safety. Local/tier rules also apply where appropriate.

If the janazah is taking place separate to a fard jamaat, what is the maximum capacity?

The government guidelines state that the maximum number of people attending a funeral (janazah) is 30, and the wake (taziyat) is 15 (16/10/2020)

Who is the Chief Coroner of England and Wales?

His Honour Judge Thomas Teague QC will be appointed as Chief Coroner of England and Wales, in succession to His Honour Judge Mark Lucraft QC, from 24 December 2020. For more information please click here