Q: What are the funeral costs for a stillborn or newly born baby?
A: The health authority will offer to arrange a burial or cremation, free of charge, for every stillborn baby, whether born in hospital or at home. If you accept the offer, the baby will be cremated or buried at a simple ceremony. You can, if you wish, arrange the funeral with ourselves and the charges will then depend on the services required. Cemetery and cremation fees, if applicable, will be over and above whatever charges we may need to make, although burial and cremation costs are usually waived for infants and young children. The majority of churches do not make a charge for the funeral of a child under 12 months. Estimates of costs will always be given when we meet with you to discuss arrangements.