Category "Cremation"

Cremation Fees For Infants Abolished In Auckland

Auckland recently announced that the council has decided to abolish the cremation fees usually charged for infants. The fees will not be only applicable to children older than a year old and adults. The council recognized that the fees can be a burden. With deceased adults, they also have to pay for cremation urns for adults apart from the fees.

The new law will be implemented starting the 1st of July. Those covered are families who have lost an infant that is below the age of one year old. This will take away the stress brought about by the financial aspect of paying for their child’s cremation.

Daniel Newman, a councilor of Auckland representing the Manurewa-Papakura, said that this is something that he has been fighting for since he got elected into office of the council two years prior. He added that he pushed this law because he recognized that grieving parents need the compassion at this most trying time. Furthermore, it is not right to present parents with a invoice regarding the amount they have to pay when they just lost a new addition to their family. It is the state’s responsibility to ease some of the grief that they are feeling rather than adding more to their worries.

According to Newman, the council was able to gather a total of $14,000 in 2017 from the cremation of 81 newborn babies.

In an interview, a mother who lost her child two years ago said that the cremation alone became a financial hurdle for them. She and her partner did not prepare that something unfortunate will happen o them and the expense was quite beyond their capacity. She admitted that during that time she was thinking of cheaper alternative to bury their newborn son.

She further added that she was ready to bring a new life into the world but what she is not prepared for is that she is going to be bringing back the ashes of their son home.

According to law, families who have lost babies that are more than 20 weeks in the womb and weighs more than 400 grams are required to perform either cremation or traditional burial. They also have to purchase urns similar to cremation urns for adults and these alone can be a burden financially.

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