Bereavement

You may be able to get help to pay for funeral expenses or travel to a funeral or tangi.

Funeral expenses

We may be able to help you pay for some funeral expenses if the person who has died has little or no money to pay for this.

You don't have to be on a benefit to qualify for a Funeral Grant and you don't have to pay the money back.

What you can get

We may be able to pay a Funeral Grant of up to $2,128.10 if the estate of the person who has died can’t pay. This money can be used for costs such as:

  • professional services for preparing the body for cremation or burial (eg embalming)
  • the cost of a casket
  • newspaper death notice costs
  • hearse fees
  • compulsory fees for buying a burial plot
  • cremation fees.

Travel to a funeral or tangi

We may be able to help you if you can’t afford to travel to a funeral or tangi.

You don't have to be on a benefit to qualify for help and you may have to pay the money back depending on your situation.

What you can get

How much you get depends on your situation.

If you're on a benefit

If you're not on a benefit