North Watford and Vicarage Road cemeteries reopen to the public from 24 April with normal opening times (9am - 7pm) - visitors are asked to follow social distancing guidelines. Funeral services are still taking place with families present. 

Streaming a Funeral (Need Accounts for All)

Information For The Bereaved Coronavirus (Covid 19)

This leaflet shares important information to help bereaved families, friends or next of kin make important decisions during this national emergency and explains the next steps, answers some of your questions, and guides you to the extra help and support that is available.

Mind Network Support

• Crisis Helpline is open 24/7 at the moment


• Online Wellbeing through Learning Courses (HAFLS)


• Online Meeting Places


• Children and Young People – Online Groups and courses

Funeral Costs: Help available

When a loved one dies it is the responsibility of the next of kin / family or friends of the deceased to organise and pay for the funeral. It can be a worrying and stressful time, this guide gives you some help with what help may be available with the costs.

  • Firstly check if the deceased had a pre-paid funeral plan. Pre-paid plans mean the funeral costs are paid in advance. Click here to confirm if the deceased had a funeral plan.

  • If the deceased has an estate (money, investments, property or assets) the funeral can be paid from these. If there is money in their bank account, this can be used to pay for the funeral. Banks will allow you to access any money to cover the funeral costs or may be able to pay the Funeral Director directly.

  • If the deceased had life insurance this can be used to cover funeral costs. Some employers or trade unions offer death in service payments when someone dies.

  • Contact your local Funeral Director who may be able to offer a funeral that you can afford. Funeral payment plans and finance is available with some Funeral Directors. There are also various funeral options to keep costs to a minimum.

  • If you have explored the above options and are struggling to meet the costs of the funeral, further help and options are available. Please click here.

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