The provincial government has admitted to making a mistake.
On Monday, Social Services Minister Tina Beaudry-Mellor says cutting funeral services for poor people effective July 1 was a mistake and will not be done.
The changes would have seen the government cover basic preparation of a body, transfers, a standard casket or urn, and regulatory fees, but families would have to foot the bill for viewings or other services.
Beaudry-Mellor says the government will now pay up to $700 more for funeral services or rituals on top of the $2,100 when a request is made by next of kin.
The correction means a savings of $400,000 instead of $1 million for the province as it continues working on ways to reduce a deficit of 1.3 billion dollars.