Public health funerals are funerals arranged by Local Authorities for those people who have died and have no known relatives to arrange or pay for their funeral; or have relatives who do not want to; or are unable to arrange their funeral. Local Authorities have a responsibility to arrange such funerals.
In most instances; we are notified of the death by the Coroner’s Officer. The Coroner’s Office is involved in the investigation of certain deaths (for example; where the cause of death is uncertain). In these cases; the Coroner’s Officers will make attempts to trace any relatives of the deceased. The Coroner’s Office may put notices in the press or on the radio to try to contact relatives or friends to inform them of the death.
If the Coroner’s Office is unable to trace any relatives; or no person is willing or able to prepare and/or pay for a funeral; then the Coroner’s Office notifies Leeds City Council of the death.
We may also receive notification from hospitals if a person has been found to be deceased upon arrival at hospital (and the Coroner’s Office is not involved in the investigation of the death); and there are no persons or relatives to arrange and/or pay for the funeral.
We may also be notified of a death by residential homes; hospices and nursing homes.
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For further information about public health funerals please see the frequently asked questions section.