The group was formed in 2012 by the Scottish Grief and Bereavement Hub in response to a request by the Scottish branch of the Association of Bereavement Service Coordinators (ABSCO) and continued independently after the Hub closed in 2014.
The group currently consists of representatives from:
- Association of Bereavement Service Coordinators
- Association of Hospice and Palliative Care Chaplains
- Citizens Advice Scotland
- Church of Scotland
- Convention of Scottish Local Authorities
- Cruse Bereavement Care Scotland
- Funeral Planning Authority
- Good Life Good Death Good Grief
- Humanist Society of Scotland
- Money Advice Scotland
- National Association of Funeral Directors
- NHSS Bereavement Coordinators
- Marie Curie
- Pushing Up The Daisies
- Scottish Berevement Benchmarking Group
- Scottish Care
- Scottish Older People's Assembly
- Society of Allied and Independent Funeral Directors
The group is currently chaired by John Birrell, an independent Bereavement Consultant.
The work of the group
The work of the group has been focused around consideration of publications and reports on the rising cost of funerals and the emerging study of funeral poverty and the reports of members’ own experiences with bereaved clients and families.
Discussion has ranged over both the causes and the possible solutions to Funeral Poverty.
Since the development of a Scottish Government interest in Funeral Poverty in 2015 as a result of the transfer of the Social Fund Funeral Payment to the devolved administration under the proposals of the Smith Commission and the passing of the Scotland Act, the group has taken on an advisory role to government and Scottish ministers.
The group has always sought to work in a collegiate manner, recognising that funeral poverty effects both consumers and providers of funerals.
Members of the group have also contributed in their independent capacities to local and national events and discussions.
The group was represented at the launch of the Funeral Poverty Alliance, founded by Quaker Social Action, and remains an active affiliate of the Alliance.
Since 2017, the group has adopted Terms of Reference and at the first meeting of each year will aprove a report of the previous year's work, and a work plan for the year ahead.
Report on 2017
Work Plan for 2018