The benefits system is complex but you may find there are benefits you are entitled to and not claiming. We often find that many clients are not aware of the help they can receive from the state through the benefits system. Here we deal with two separate areas.
You may be entitled to help with funeral costs, see:
As always there are rules relating to this, the deceased and close relatives must be on a means tested benefit.
However there can also be other means of help as the local Council or hospital can arrange a Public Health Funeral:
There are also benefits available if you are suffering ill health and many are not means tested so it would not matter if your Partner was working. You may also be entitled if your child was ill or you could claim assistance if you were caring for a child or elderly relative.
These are useful sources of advice: