The Fatal Accidents Act 1976 provides that the statutory award for bereavement damages in England and Wales is currently £12,980. This is for deaths that occurred after 5th March 2013. Not only is this sum pitiful when considering the circumstances in which it is awarded, it can only be paid to a spouse of the deceased, or to a parent of a child under the age of 18. The rules clearly need reforming to extend eligibility to say partners, and other family members. Alternatively, as in Scotland, each case could be assessed on an individual basis to determine eligibility to receive an award of damages, and the level of that award.