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Public health funerals

When do we arrange funerals?

We are told when people have died with no next of kin or where there may not be enough funds to carry out a funeral service. In these cases we may be asked to arrange the funeral.

It is our duty, under the Public Health Control of Disease Act 1984 section 46(i), to arrange a cremation or a burial for a person who has died within our area where no suitable funeral arrangements have been, or are being, made.

Which funerals have we arranged?

A spreadsheet listing the public health funerals conducted by Coventry City Council is available and is updated quarterly.

In such cases we may pass details of a person's estate to the Treasury Solicitor Bona Vacantia division so they can deal with the administration of the estate of a person who has died with no next of kin. This is shown on the spreadsheet and in these cases, the deceased's name is provided.

In all cases, we will not reveal the person's last known address as there is a risk of burglaries of empty properties.

In cases where the information has not been referred to the Treasury Solicitor due to the next-of-kin being known us, the person's name is not published to protect the health and wellbeing of any surviving relatives.

What do I do if I believe I may be related to someone who has died recently and received a public health funeral?

Please contact The Bereavement Services office.

Bereavement services

Email: bereavement.services@coventry.gov.uk

Tel: 024 7678 5486

The Lodge
Cannon Hill Road
Coventry
CV4 7DF

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