Co-op Funeralcare has launched a new Co-op Funeralcare Hardship Fund, part of the Co-op Members Coronavirus Fund, which allows Co-op’s 4.6 million members to donate their unspent existing member rewards.
The Funeralcare Hardship Fund will provide families of key workers who have passed away due to Covid 19 and who are in financial hardship with a £250 contribution towards funeral costs.
Recipients of the fund can also apply to receive additional financial support from the government.
To help families who would like to create a full memorial service paying tribute to their loved one once the restrictions are lifted, Co-op has also introduced future remembrance services.
Sam Tyrer, MD for Co-op Funeralcare said, “Being able to say goodbye means so much to people who are grieving, and a funeral continues to provide families with a vital opportunity to pay tribute to those who they love and miss so much.
“In the face of such significant restrictions, our colleagues have been dedicated to supporting families and communities across the country through this time of great loss. We are arranging funerals in a way we would never have thought possible just weeks ago so that bereaved families can continue to honour their loved ones in a unique and beautiful way and say their best possible goodbyes.”
She added: “Whilst communities are not able to come together as they usually would to pay their respects, we have made sure that there are other ways for those impacted to be part of their loved one’s final journey. We have also been focused on ensuring that there’s an opportunity for all mourners to pay tribute at a time when we can all come together again.”