Investigation conducted into Local’s Authorities approach to ‘Pauper’s Funerals’

The Guardian has reported that Councils in England and Wales are waiving their responsibility to provide Public Health act funerals, more commonly known as “pauper’s funerals.”

Quaker Social Action, an anti- poverty charity, stated that families of a low income, are often being turned away because they are not able to afford to pay for the burial or cremation of their loved ones.

Senior Business Manager at Finders International and spokesperson for the Public Health Funeral Information Service, David Lockwood, comments: “The article highlights the need for a unified approach by local authorities on this sensitive matter, at a time when the most vulnerable in our society need help navigating the perfect storm of the pandemic and cuts to council funding which have hit services up and down the country.

The non-statutory guidance issued by the ministry for housing, communities and local government was a good start, but the legislation needs to be updated and reflect the times in which we live.

Funeral poverty is a real issue for so many, the amount of people that have approached our advice line has more than doubled since the pandemic hit, funerals are too expensive, and a solution has to be found. Perhaps we need to revisit the idea of the DWP issuing a standard payment when someone passes away to cover the cost of a simple cremation? This would assist so many and ensure that when a Council has to make arrangements local budgets aren’t adversely affected.”

Read the full article here: https://www.theguardian.com/society/2021/jul/06/uk-councils-failing-to-provide-paupers-funerals-investigation-reveals

The Public Health Funerals Information Service (PHFIS) is a free resource for those dealing with public health act funerals. Click through to our homepage here: www.Publichealthfunerals.org to find out more about our news, resources and events.


Hospitals E-Con Jun21

Hospital E-Conference | 10th June 2021 | 10:30am

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Estimated length of event: 1 hr 15 mins

We are delighted to bring you our next instalment of our Hospital focused events, with topics relevant to those working within bereavement services across the UK. We would also like to express our utmost appreciation and gratitude to our essential key workers for their dedication and bravery during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The aim of this event is to enhance the confidence of bereavement staff in effectively signposting the bereaved to support agencies, and to share best practice in bereavement services. Presentations with include: mental health awareness and support; public health funerals information; support available to Armed Services personnel and their families; and preventing young sudden cardiac deaths and the affected families.

Register now to receive updates on the event.

If you have any further questions regarding this event, please do not hesitate to contact the event organisers at: [email protected]


Our Speakers:

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JAKE MILLS
Chief Executive
Chasing the Stigma

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DR STEVEN COX
Chief Executive Officer
CRY (Cardiac Risk in the Young)

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NAZIA NAWAZ
Partner
Ramsdens Solicitors

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FRANCES ROBINSON
Additional Needs, Disability and Support Groups Service Manager
SSAFA – The Armed Forces Charities

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KATIE WATSON
Public Sector Manager
Finders International

 

Event Organiser:

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ELAINE RIDLEY
Public Sector Development Manager
Finders International

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For those with hearing impairments, we can provide a subtitled version of the event. We can also provide translated subtitles in your chosen language. To request this, please contact us at: [email protected]


If you have watched this event, we would love your feedback. Please click here to leave us some feedback. For every feedback form filled, we will donate £1 to our chosen charities – Age UK & Young Minds.

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Coroners Service E-Conference | 20th May 2021 | 10:30am

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Estimated length of event: 1 hr

This e-conference is aimed at hospital and coroner staff. Presentations will include topics such as post mortems; the homeless community and death by suicide; support available to bereaved parents; and a new initiative that seeks to limit the burden placed upon the bereaved in having to contact multiple agencies to advise when a death has occurred.  More information to follow.

Learning Objectives:

  • Insight into the support provided by The Compassionate Friends organisation toward bereaved families, enhancing confidence when signposting the bereaved.
  • Awareness of research into suicidality within the homeless community and the recommendations from the research which could lead to a reduction in death by suicide.
  • Current advancements in post-mortem imaging, results and development.
  • Awareness of ‘Settld’ as an additional service for the bereaved in dealing with financial matters. Confidence to share this information with next of kin to reduce their burden of practical matters while dealing with their loss.

Register now to receive updates on the event.

If you have any further questions regarding this event, please do not hesitate to contact the event organisers at: [email protected]

 

Our Speakers:

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ANDREW MILLER QC
Chair of Trustees
The Compassionate Friends
Compassionate Friends will explain the support available to bereaved parents (of any age) and highlight resources available.  This information should encourage staff to signpost the bereaved confidently and more effectively.

 

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LANA BOJANIĆ
Research Assistant
The University of Manchester
NCISH will provide insight into the plight of the homeless community and changes which could be made to reduce the number of suicides within this community. The information contained within this study could enhance the recommendations made by Coroners within their Inquest conclusions.

 

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PETER COULSON-SMITH
Business Development Executive
iGene Post Mortem Imaging
iGene post mortem imaging will provide staff with an understanding of how this work has developed and is being utilised in various parts of the country. There has been a huge reduction in the number of pathologists available to carry out standard post mortems and therefore imperative that Coroners staff are aware of the alternative options for future planning.

 

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VICKY WILSON
CEO & Co-Founder
Settld
‘Settld’ is a new initiative established to provide a parallel service to the ‘Tell Us Once’ service, which seeks to limit the burden placed upon the bereaved in having to contact multiple agencies to advise when a death has occurred. Knowledge of this service and confidence to signpost the bereaved has huge potential to limit this additional distress for families. To read more about ‘The Bereavement Standard’ campaign and sign the petition, scroll to the end of the page.

 

Event Organiser:

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ELAINE RIDLEY
Public Sector Development Manager
Finders International

 

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This event is CPD accredited, and contributes to 1 hour of CPD.

If you have watched this event, we would love your feedback. Please click here to leave us some feedback. For every feedback form filled, we will donate £1 to our chosen charities – Age UK & Young Minds.

For those with hearing impairments, we can provide a subtitled version of the event. We can also provide translated subtitles in your chosen language. To request this, please contact us at: [email protected]

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Coroners - Bereavement Standard Campaign (1)

The Bereavement Standard would establish:

  1. An agreed timeframefor companies to respond to bereavement enquiries and settle outstanding customer balances.
  2. A bereavement customer care email channelfor each company, to directly handle such cases and avoid customers waiting on calls.
  3. The standardisation of paperworkneeded to close an account, with a view to accepting digital documents whenever possible.

The Bereavement Standard will make it easier for families going through a difficult time. Please sign the campaign to help Settld, help others.

To sign the petition, please follow the link here


Hospital E-Con 2

Hospital E-Conference 4th February 2021 | 10:30am

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If you have watched this event, we would love your feedback. Please click here to leave us some feedback.
For every feedback form filled, we will donate £1 to our chosen charities – Age UK & Young Minds.

Cost: FREE

Estimated length of event: 1 hr 30 mins

We are delighted to bring you our next instalment of our Hospital focused events, with topics relevant to those working within and in association with Hospitals across the UK. We would also like to express the utmost appreciation and gratitude to our essential key workers for their dedication and bravery during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Register for the event to begin receiving e-conference updates. 

If you have any further questions regarding this event, please do not hesitate to contact the event organisers at: [email protected]

 

Our Speakers:

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DR METTE RODGERS
London Lead Medical Examiner
NHS Medical Examiner System

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TOBY LEE MANNING & ALY DICKINSON
End of Life Doulas
End of Life Doula UK

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ANDY LANGFORD
Clinical Director
Cruse Bereavement Care

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A PRESENTATION FROM:
Mental Health First Aid England

 

Event Organiser:

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ELAINE RIDLEY
Public Sector Development Manager
Finders International

 

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For those with hearing impairments, we can provide a subtitled version of the event., We can also provide translated subtitles in your chosen language. To request this, please contact us at: [email protected]

This event is CPD accredited, and contributes to 1 hour of CPD.

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The year of COVID-19 – and resilience at its finest

2020 has been an incredibly challenging year for us all and, as it can be assumed that no one has been left untouched by the virus in some way or another, it would be understandable if you were to describe it negatively.

However, the single word I would use to describe this year would be ‘resilient’.

The definition, according to the Oxford English Dictionary is ‘[they] showed great courage and resilience in fighting back from a losing position to win the game’.

While in no way do I imply 2020 has been a game, it is how you respond in the face of adversity. For local authorities, a pandemic will have been prepared for with emergency plans being put into place after years of endless preparation. Staff have had to adapt overnight from working in offices to working from home.  The challenges to IT teams have been immense and the strain on already overstretched resources may have even led to sleepless nights for staff struggling to ensure services continue whilst still keeping themselves and colleagues safe.

Similarly, Finders International have had to change with the majority of staff working remotely. While it has been easier for Finders to diverge operations given the smaller scale of staff, it was no mean feat to undertake. Physical resources have been closed, which presented a few issues, however online resources remained available and Finders were able to continue tracing next of kin as usual.

Personally, 2020 has meant I have seen a change in the way I work with face-to-face meetings being postponed. Over the past two and a half years prior to the lockdown, I have had the privilege of meeting many of you in person whether that be in your offices or at one of the many events we have successfully run across the country.

However, in late February it was beginning to look like things were needing to change and quickly as the realisation dawned on many that this crippling virus was not going to go away. Our events were postponed, and we moved our conferences online. Zoom became the new normal with our speakers recording their presentations for our events. Staff have had to adapt, learn and develop new skills to ensure that we provide a quality offering online. Websites have been amended to better suit changing needs, requiring the whole team to pull together.

While we usually have one PHA Funeral event a year, we provided two this year and we have further provided separate events for deputyship teams, private client solicitors, hospitals and coroners, which we are proud to have successfully organised receiving excellent feedback. Furthermore, for each feedback form completed, we donated money to charities working hard to support those that need it the most during this turbulent year.

Whilst we may not know when, or if, things will return to normal, we have still been able to support teams, provide quality material and engage via video conferencing. In the face of adversity, I think we have all shown great resilience and we are looking to further excel our drive to supporting the public sector into 2021 – a year we are all looking upon optimistically.

Have a peaceful and relaxing festive season, but of overwhelmingly more importance, keep well and keep safe.

Hope to see you in 2021.

David Lockwood – Finders International

 

The PHFIS is intended as a guide for local authorities and hospitals who deal with public health funerals. If you would like to learn more about the PHFIS, watch our past events or require assistance, you can further explore our website here. Alternatively, you can telephone: +44(0) 20 7490 4935 or email: [email protected].


Coroners Service E-Con 2021 - Promo 2

Coroner’s Service E-Conference | 21st January 2021 | 10:30am

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If you have watched this event, we would love your feedback. Please click here to leave us some feedback.
For every feedback form filled, we will donate £1 to our chosen charities – Age UK & Young Minds.

Estimated length of event: 1 hr 30 mins 

We are excited to bring you our next instalment of Coroner focused events, striving to provide useful information to Coroners Service staff, as we continue our commitment to supporting the public sector.

We will be announcing the speakers topics within the new year. Register for the event to begin receiving email updates. 

If you have any further questions regarding this event, please do not hesitate to contact the event organisers at: [email protected]

Our Speakers

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DR RON DANIELS
Chief Executive Officer
The UK Sepsis Trust

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PROF. MARIAN KNIGHT
Maternal Programme Lead
MBRRACE-UK

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VICTORIA LEBREC
Head of Policy, Campaigns & Communications
RoadPeace

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REV. CHRISTINE COPSEY
Coroners Chaplain
Norwich County Hall

Event Organiser

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ELAINE RIDLEY
Public Sector Development Manager
Finders International

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For those with hearing impairments, we can provide a subtitled version of the event., We can also provide translated subtitles in your chosen language. To request this, please contact us at: [email protected]

This event is CPD accredited, and contributes to 1 hour of CPD.

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BBC Kent Radio talks to our Dementia Champion

Our very own David Lockwood is invited on to BBC Radio Kent’s morning show again this week. This time to discuss his role as a Dementia Friends Champion and how he provides training via Finders International to clients and staff as well as those at this local football club.

Dementia friends, run by Alzheimer’s Society, is an initiative about understanding the condition and making our communities better places to live for those dealing with dementia.

David’s role as Dementia Friends Champion is to encourage others to make a positive difference to people living with dementia in their community. They do this by giving them information about the personal impact of dementia, and what they can do to help. If you and your team would like to become Dementia friends, you can book in a Dementia Friends session (a 45 min presentation) with David via the following email [email protected] . Otherwise, visit https://www.dementiafriends.org.uk/WEBArticle?page=become-dementia-friend for more information.

 


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Public Health Act Funerals E-Conference | 28th May 2020 | 10:30am

This event is no longer available to view, find upcoming events here.

Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, the Public Health Funeral Information Service (PHFIS) is moving the live PHA Funerals event online! For the first PHA Funerals E-Conference, we will be discussing topics in association with ‘Pauper’s Funerals’, most relevant to the current health crisis.

Covering subjects such as:

  • Crematorium and Cemeteries during the COVID-19 pandemic
  • The Medical Examiner System – COVID-19 adjustments
  • Research insight into the social management of lone deaths
  • How to cope with life under lockdown
  • How can Finders International help you?
  • And many others…

Our speakers:

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DR METTE RODGERS
Regional Medical Examiner for London
NHS: National Medical Examiner System

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JULIE DUNK
Chief Executive
Institute of Cemetery and Crematorium Management (ICCM)

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GLENYS CASWELL
Senior Research Fellow
Nottingham University

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AMY HOBSON
Managing Director
Wellbeing Collective

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DAVID LOCKWOOD
Public Sector Development Manager
Finders International

 

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16th-july

Hospitals E-Conference : 16th July 2020 | 10:30am

This event is no longer available to view, find upcoming events here.

We look forward to sharing our first Hospitals E-Conference, focusing on topics most relevant to those working within and in association with Hospitals across the UK. Our speakers will be addressing the impacts of COVID-19 within their fields to provide relevant guidance and advice. We would like to express the utmost appreciation and gratitude to our essential key workers for their dedication and bravery during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Our speakers will cover subjects like:

  • Organ Donation
  • Bereavement & Mortuary Management
  • Bereavement and Mortuary Service response to Covid-19
  • Self-care during COVID
  • Bereavement Support Services
  • Psychological Impact of Covid-19 course materials

 

Our speakers:

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DR DALE GARDINER
National Clinical Lead for Organ Donation
NHS Blood & Transplant

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DR SEAN CROSS
Consultant Liaison Psychiatrist
King’s College Hospital

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Visiting Senior Lecturer
IoPPN King’s College London

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Clinical Director, Mind & Body Programme
King’s Health Partners Academic Health Sciences Centre

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Managing Director, Maudsley Learning
South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust

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SHAAN MALHOTRA
Group Head of Bereavement & Mortuary Services
Royal Free NHS Foundation Trust

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AMY HOBSON
Managing Director
Wellbeing Collective

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KATIE WATSON
Public Sector Manager
Finders International

 

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Relevant Links:

NHSBT

Dr Sean Cross: Future Learn

https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/psychological-impact-of-covid-19

Shaan Malhotra – Royal Free

The Wellbeing Collective – More info…


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Coroner’s Service E-Conference - 24th September 2020 | 10:30am

This event is no longer available to view, find upcoming events here.

Estimated length of event: 1 hr 30 mins

The digital event designed to bring information to Coroners Service staff as we continue our commitment to supporting the public sector.

Covering such topics:

  • NPSAD reporting criteria
  • Anti-psychotic medication and lung disease
  • Fentanyl related deaths
  • Mental health in the UK during COVID-19
  • Promotion of good mental health in the workplace
  • Organ donation throughout the pandemic
  • Guidance from the Chief Coroner
  • Research into social management of lone deaths
  • Coroners inquest findings & speaking with next of kin

Our speakers:

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DR DALE GARDINER
National Clinical Lead for Organ Donation
NHS Blood & Transplant

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FAYE MCGUINNESS
Head of Workplace Wellbeing Programmes
Mind – Mental Health Charity

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DR CAROLINE COPELAND
Director of The National Programme on Substance Abuse Deaths
St Georges/ King’s College London

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DR GLENYS CASWELL
Senior Research Fellow
(Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences)
University of Nottingham

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ELAINE RIDLEY
Public Sector Development Manager
Finders International

 

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Relevant Links:

NHSBT

Chief Coroner Guidance

Mind (Relevant section for all Public Sector)

NPSAD

Glenys Caswell: Details and publications list

If you require further details into the content of the event or our speakers, please do not hesitate to contact the event organiser, Elaine Ridley at: [email protected]