Who can have a military funeral?

Anyone who is part of the British Armed Forces, who dies in active service, is entitled to a full ceremonial military funeral, and their family should receive help from the Armed Forces to pay for this.

If the person who has died is a veteran, their family can also receive advice and guidance from Veterans Bereavement Support. They can help you access any available financial support and benefits, offer bereavement support, advise you on funeral etiquette, loan of service drapes, Buglers and standard bearers, and medal services. Veterans funerals are not paid for by the government, but the Veterans Bereavement Service can show you what help and support is out there.

Do I have to arrange a military funeral?

If you wish to arrange a private service to celebrate the life of your loved one who has died in active service, the Ministry of Defence will provide a grant to help with the costs. This allows you to incorporate ceremonial honours as part of a truly personal service.

Another option is to hold a more personal memorial with family and friends at a later date, perhaps centred around a picture or urn, following the full military funeral.

At Barringtons, we know the importance of getting these things just right – we only get to do this once. Please get in touch if you would like to discuss arranging the perfect funeral service, from a dignified veterans funeral to full ceremonial send-off.

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