As well as advice to help through the difficult times, there are government benefits available for those who have recently lost a spouse
Where to find help
You may be eligible for the following help:
Bereavement payment — a one-off payment of £2,000, and
Bereavement Allowance — a benefit of £79.60 per week for 52 weeks.
Widowed Parent's Allowance — a benefit of £79.60 per week, plus additions for children - £9.65 for the first child, and £11.35 for other qualifying children.
Help with funeral expenses - you may apply to the Social Fund for a Funeral Payment. This benefit is dependent on other factors, such as whether you are receiving income support, or a range of other benefits. This benefit covers necessary costs of specified items or services, plus up to £700 for other related funeral expenses.