Public health funerals

We have a duty to carry out burials, if the person who has died has no assets or if there are no relatives who can make funeral arrangements.

Hospitals and care homes may also be able to help if the person dies while in their care.

We will only provide a basic funeral and will not pay for the following:

  • notices in newspapers
  • flowers
  • transport (other than the hearse)
  • church service/minister fees

Where no one is prepared to accept responsibility for the funeral or estate, we will then deal with these matters and recover the costs if there are plenty of funds available.

If known, the deceased's wishes will be carried out, for example, cremation instead of burial. However, if a burial is carried out it will be in an un-purchased grave and therefore no headstone can be put up.

Who to contact

Contact name
Bereavment Services
03000 265 609

Where to go

Bereavement Services
County Hall
County Durham

Durham County Council's Families Information Service does not promote nor endorse the services advertised on this website. Anyone seeking to use/access such services does so at their own risk and may make all appropriate enquiries about fitness for purpose and suitability to meet their needs.

Journey planner

Address: County Hall  Durham  County Durham

Powered by Open Objects