People's stories

We really closely with bereaved people who've struggled with funeral costs. They also tell their stories to politicians and on TV, radio and in newspapers, to spread the word and help others avoid the problems they faced.

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Percy Morson:

My brother, Clifford, used to take care of everything. And when he passed it was a real shock. I wanted to just crawl into a hole and die myself.

I was the ill one, he was the fit one. I have epilepsy, a tumour on my spine and Parkinson’s, but he was always active– on the down days, when I had the curtains drawn and sat on the sofa, he was the one who sat beside me and he was the one who always talked me up. I didn’t know what to do when he left.

Visiting the funeral director was a truly horrible experience. They quoted me £8,000 and wanted £4,000 upfront as a deposit. They said that the day before the funeral they wanted £4,000 in their bank account. Down to Earth helped me find a funeral director that could arrange a burial for Clifford for £5,575.

They helped me apply for a Social Fund Funeral Payment from the government but this was only £1,900 so I have been left with very big debts that I’m now struggling to pay off.

 

Patricia Harvey:

Joe was my cousin. I loved him for who he was – a big puppy who couldn’t stop jumping about. He wasted away quickly and died in the hospital. He had cancer. They didn’t ring me in time and I missed the moment of his passing.

I had his housing association asking me to empty his flat, wanting money from his bank account – of which there was none.

I’m a pensioner and didn’t have any savings to pay for his funeral. I didn’t know how I was going to pay for him. I thought about him lying there cold and me getting nowhere.  I didn’t know what to do until I phoned Fiona at Down to Earth.

I couldn’t afford the deposit for a funeral so Joe had to have a public health funeral organised by the hospital. When they told me the date of the funeral I cried in relief. It was nice. We were given a time and a place and there were plenty of people there.

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