Funerals for free

From today, anyone under the age of 16 can have a free funeral in Cambridge, England.

The city council believes that “no grieving family should be burdened by the additional worry about how they will pay for their child’s funeral.”

One way of avoiding this burden falling on local authorities might be to adopt Sweden’s begravningsavgift system, whereby all people pay a small fee into a central pool to pay for funerals.