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arrange a funeral for a child

If you need to arrange a funeral for a child, for a baby lost during pregnancy or a child up to the age of 18, we will carry out our funeral services for free.

If you’d prefer not to speak to someone right now but need to let us know a child has died, email and someone will call you back within 1 hour.

Our funeral service includes caring for your loved one, a coffin, hearse and funeral director’s fees. In the case of a cremation, we will arrange the chapel, provision of music, the cremation service and administration. 

The policy of free child funerals includes children of all ages, from babies lost during pregnancy through to children up to the age of 18.

Additional costs such as non-standard vehicles, flowers, plaques and memorials, the wake, flowers and orders of ceremony will need to be paid for separately.

The funeral does not include the cost of the burial plot.


with children's funeral costs

The Children’s Funeral Fund is a government scheme set up to help to cover the cost of the cremation or burial of a child under the age of 18 or stillborn after the 24th week of pregnancy.

The fund is not means tested.

More information can be found here:

While our funeral directors do not charge a fee for child funerals, the additional expenses and extras can still add up. The Child Funeral Charity offers financial support to families that have lost a child under the age of 16.


serving the community since 1790

It was in 1790, when the founder of the business, John Turnbull, began work as a cabinetmaker and undertaker on the quayside at North Shields.


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