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Public health funerals register

Last updated 8 May 2024

When we will arrange a burial

The Public Health (Control of Disease) Act 1984 section 46 places a statutory duty on local authorities to arrange for a burial or cremation where no suitable alternative arrangements are being made. 

We have a duty to arrange public health funeral; cremation or burial, of the body of any person who has passed away or been found dead only in the district of Wyre Forest, and have no next of kin, or whose next of kin, relatives or friends are unable or unwilling to make the necessary arrangements for a funeral. They are designed to protect public health and are important in ensuring that all individuals are treated with dignity and respect, regardless of their circumstances.

Before arrangements for the funeral are made, the death needs to be registered. In the first instance, the home of the deceased will be searched for a Will in order to find details of any interested parties and to locate funds to pay for the funeral. If details of friends and relatives are found they will be contacted and informed of the funeral arrangements.

A basic service is provided and costs involved, including officer time are recovered from any estate. Any belongings will also be disposed of and any money raised used to finance the costs incurred. If a person has died in hospital, the funeral arrangements are made by that hospital and not by us. Unfortunately, no assistance is available from us if the funeral has already taken place.

Estates that are solvent are usually referred to the Government Legal Department (previously known as Treasury Solicitors')  who administers the Estates of persons who die intestate without known kin and may also be found on the Bona Vacantia website.

Further assistance that may be available

Relatives of the deceased individual or others who take responsibility for arranging matters may be eligible for funding. For further information relating to funding you will need to contact the local benefits office (Jobcentre Plus) requesting information in relation to Funeral Payments (ask for form SP200), alternatively you can apply online. This is normally preferable to any relatives or others who wish to influence the arrangements that are made as we will only act to provide a very basic service.

Independent, impartial help with planning a funeral can be found at Funeral Map which lists funeral directors, crematoria, open cemeteries, woodland burial sites, bereavement support organisations, memorial masons and registrars offices across the UK.

For further information please contact a member of the Private Sector Housing Team on 01562 732928.



The register of burial may be viewed by appointment only at the Cemetery Office. To book an appointment telephone 01562 822687 between 9am and 10am Monday to Friday. The cemetery office is located at:

100 Park Lane,
DY11 6TB

Public health funerals

Table 1: Register of Public Health Funerals
Name Date of birth Age Date of death Place of death Date of funeral Type of funeral Cost of funeral Passed to Government Legal Department
Taylor, Heidi Louise 24/09/1973 50 14/10/2023


04/01/2024 Cremation £1,195.00 Yes
Rutherford, Richard 19/10/1947 75 01/06/2023

34 Old Ford Walk, Stourport-on-Severn, DY13 ODW

13/09/2023 Cremation £1,095.00 Yes
Yardley, Yvonne 22/09/1937 85 18/04/2023

Brookdale Nursing Home, Kidderminster, DY11 6AP

22/08/2023 Cremation £1,277.00 Not applicable
White, Tracy 27/01/1961 61 22/12/2022

Westley Court Nursing Home,
Austcliffe Lane, Cookley, Kidderminster, DY10 3RT

07/01/2023 Cremation £1,277.00  
Rowbotham, Neil Anthony 15/11/1966 56 07/09/2022 Caravan between units 4 - 6 Gemini Properties, Stourport Road, Kidderminster 21/12/2022 Cremation £1,200.00  
Sedgewick, Barbara 06/08/1935 87 09/09/2022 Brookdale Nursing Home, Kidderminster, DY11 6AP 09/11/2022 Burial £2030.00 No
Murray, John Francis 08/12/1955 67 02/04/2022 Bryden House, Kidderminster, DY11 5DA 08/09/2022 Cremation £1995.00 Yes
Giles, Gary 01/06/1964 57 04/04/2022 Stourport Container, Boatyard 23/08/2022 Cremation £1295.00 Yes
Miller, Andrew 03/03/1941 80 07/02/2022 Room 6, 405 Stourport Road, Kidderminster DY11 7BG 05/05/2022 Cremation £1295.00 Yes
Gaffney, Joseph 28/11/1966 57 20/01/2022 12 Derwent House, Medal Close, Kidderminster 04/05/2022 Cremation £1395.00 Yes
Davies, Julie Elizabeth Jane 27/11/1964 56 17/06/2021 Flat 4, 27 Severn Road, Stourport-on-Severn, DY13 9HB 16/07/2021 Cremation £1395.00 Yes
Wimbush, Keith 11/09/1943 77 13/01/2021 Cambrian House, Chester Road, Kidderminster, DY10 2RR 06/05/2021 Cremation £3,007.00 Yes
Briscoe, Herbert 02/02/1938 82 19/07/2020 Lorne House Kidderminster, DY10 1SY 01/09/2020 Cremation £1,715.00 Yes
Sawyer, Jonathan Mark 26/01/1973 47 21/05/2020 50 Avon Road, Kidderminster, DY11 7PD 25/08/2020 Cremation £1,245.00 N/A
Page, Thomas 16/12/1940 79 19/12/2019 42 Dunclent Crescent, Kidderminster, DY10 3EE 30/01/2020 Cremation £1,245.00 N/A
N/AWilkins, Geoffrey N/A28/04/1946 72 21/12/2018 12 Farm Close, Kidderminster, DY11 7ED 14/02/2019 Cremation £1,195.00 N/A
Hyde, Jillian 31/03/1955 N/A63 18/11/2018 52 Woodward Road, Kidderminster, DY11 6NY 21/12/2018 Cremation £1,195.00 N/A
Mulligan, Elsie Jean 01/02/1931 87 24/10/2018 Brookdale Nursing Home, DY11 6AP 03/12/2018 Cremation £1,995.00 N/A
Harrison, Paul 08/05/1964 55 21/09/2018 18 Carter Court, Kidderminster, DY11 6PT 19/10/2018 Cremation £1,400.00 N/A
Gorecki, Tomasz 10/08/1981 36 10/06/2018 The Vault Nightclub, 4 - 5 Oxford Street, Kidderminster, DY10 1BB 25/07/2018 Cremation £1,400.00 N/A
Nokes, Andrew Paul 19/03/1965 53 12/04/2018 12 Park Court, Kidderminster, DY11 6TR 05/06/2018 Cremation £1,964.00 N/A
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