Firstly, if you are looking at this information because you need to arrange a funeral for a child then can we please extend our heartfelt sympathy and condolences to your family. We will do everything in our power to help you at this very difficult time.

Funeral Cost

We are offering a full traditional funeral for children for £300. Below is a full breakdown of funeral costs and how most of these are covered for you.

  • Cremation – The cost of cremation is covered by the Government’s Child Funeral Fund (CFF) and will be reclaimed by the crematorium so you will not be charged.
  • The cost for interment of ashes with a memorial is also covered by the CFF.
  • Burial – The cost of a grave, including interment costs, are covered by the CFF. This will usually be reclaimed by the council or the church, whichever is relevant to the location of the grave, and you will not be charged. If the location does not reclaim this cost themselves then we will pay it for you and reclaim it ourselves. (This includes the cost for a third party grave digger if required).
  • Coffin – the price for a coffin is covered by the CFF up to £300. We will not charge you for this, we will reclaim the cost directly ourselves.
  • Medical Certificate (for cremation) – This is covered by the CFF and we will reclaim this directly so you will not be charged.
  • Ashes Container – The Child Funeral Fund cover this cost but no amount or limit is specified.
  • Celebrant or Minister – The CFF do not cover this cost but we have a number of celebrants who are experienced with children’s funerals and who do not take a fee for this service.
  • Penrose Professional Fees – our professional fees for a traditional funeral are £1,698 but we reduce this for a child’s funeral to £300. This is intended to cover only our expenses such as vehicles, bearers etc, everything else we do is at zero cost.
  • Viewings – we offer free viewings to all our clients but we extend this to free weekend viewings for children.
  • Collection – we do free collection during the day for all our clients but we extend this to free collection at any time for children.
  • Church Service – while we cannot say what any given church may or may not charge for a child’s funeral we will waive our usual cost for attending a church service. If you wish we will bring the coffin to the church the evening before and lay in state at no extra cost.

Additional Costs

The details and costs above will provide you with a full traditional funeral including a full team of bearers with an experienced FD and an elegant hearse. If you wish to add anything else, such as embalming, a limousine or a horse drawn carriage then we will only charge to cover direct costs as we do with all our funerals. We are happy to give you details of costs for anything your would wish and many can be found on this website.

In Memoriam

We offer a range of memorial services for items such as fingerprints and hand/foot prints that can be added to jewellery or provided as a range of casts and memorabilia. These services are most commonly used for children’s funerals and we are happy to advise and arrange this for you.

Further information

You will find much of the Child Funeral Fund information and more if you visit www.gov.uk/child-funeral-costs. You will also have access to the relevant forms and documents for applying for funds and refunds online.

Nothing can take away the pain of losing a child. All we can offer is the opportunity to say goodbye in a calm and supportive environment and to take as much of the strain for arranging everything from you as we can.

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Testimonials

Dear Nathan, Jeremy and everyone and Penrose,

Thank you so much for looking after my son – Thomas Street – while he was in your care. The past few weeks have been so distressing but you made organising the funeral so much easier than I thought it would be.

I am especially grateful for the visits that you organised for me, especially the final one. I am also very grateful to Jeremy for your kind words on the day of the service.

I am so pleased that we chose to bring Tom to you. You have made my darkest times a little brighter.

From

Claire – and all of Tom’s family - March 2020

…and I wish to thank both Jeremy and Nathan for your help and courteousness throughout

Judith Hill - June 2017

Dear Penrose,

Many thanks for looking after John whilst he was in your care. Also thank you for all your help and support you gave us to give John a good send off on his final journey.

Such professional, caring and compassionate people.

A huge big thank you from all of us

Gillian, Sarah, Richard and families - May 2019

Thank you so much on behalf of my family for the lovely funeral of the late Miss Pamela Gl…er.

Thank you

Mrs C. Bibby and Family - April 2020

To Jeremy, Brendon and the rest of the fabulous team at Penrose Funerals

We just wanted to say what a truly fabulous Funeral we had with Jeremy at the helm. The consideration and respect he showed us and our lovely dad was so very special and lovely to see, he guided us very caringly through everything from start to finish, he made an unbearable day….bearable, for that we are so very grateful. I also wanted to say a big thank you to Brendon who made arranging the funeral so much easier with his calming and helpful way.

We all say thank you for the perfect send off for our Dad.

Our kindest regards and many thanks for everything  xxxxx

Jane, John and the Family of John Laister - November 2020

Dear Jeremy and Nathan,

We would just like to thank you for the exemplary way you conducted Bill’s funeral on September 28th at Basildon Crematorium. Every aspect was just as we hoped it would be. You were always understanding and re-assuring.

Thank you

Jean, Carl and Donna - November 2018

To all at Penrose Funerals,

Please accept my thanks for the sensitive and professional way in which you carried out my mother’s funeral arrangements. My brothers and I were also extremely happy with the way everything went on the day.

Thank you

Simon Jarvis - April 2020

To all at Penrose Funerals,

From all our family, thank you for the care and organisation for Ronald Steel’s Funeral on 15th Jan. You all did a fantastic job and it made things a lot easier.

Best wishes

Lucy McIntyre - January 2021
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