MPs from across parliament took part in an Adjournment debate in the House of Commons on ‘Establishing a bereavement standard to support families’. The debate which took place on Wednesday 3rd February, was tabled by Labour MP Grahame Morris.

The debate focused on three key areas namely establishing a bereavement standard to ensure “a clear, concise and consistent process to close accounts when a loved one dies” as well as requesting digital death certificates and the statutory bereavement leave. The debate discussed a petition calling on the Government to establish a Bereavement standard, which has now been signed by over 92,000 people.

The Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Funerals and Bereavement, Sir John Hayes spoke in the debate and raised the following issues which are of interest to the funeral and death care sector:
“The provision of vaccinations and personal protective equipment for frontline funeral staff, and a clearer line about the policing of funerals. There are some suggestions that funeral directors are being held liable for enforcing sensible rules on funerals.”

Grahame Morris also repeated a call for better “cross-governmental co-ordination and improved focus” around these matters which are covered by several different Government departments.
Morris added: “We certainly need a clear ministerial lead on bereavement to ensure there is proper co-ordination on the issues raised by the right hon. Member for South Holland and The Deepings (Sir John Hayes) and others.”

A Hansard transcript of the debate is available here.