When a loved one passes there are many elements that you will need to consider. Funeral Directions is in place to support. Our site offers access to resources and information as well as a built in directory to help you search companies that are experienced with these delicate times.
When someone dies there are many decisions and arrangements to make, all of which can be difficult in a time of grief. Some of these can be done by relatives or friends, while others need to be done by the executors appointed to carry out the terms of the will. To help, we’ve put together this checklist to guide you through the process.
Before you start, it would be useful to have the following information to hand about the person who has died.
When a loved one passes there are many things you need to do in the first five days, these are the things you need to do as soon as possible.
As well as informing people who are close to the person, in many cases you’ll need to close down accounts, or cancel or change insurance details, subscriptions, agreements, payments or direct debits.
Here’s a list to help you keep track; just cross through the ones that don’t apply:
You may be able to claim certain benefits and one-off payments if you lived with or were dependent on the deceased. Time limits apply, so contact your nearest Jobcentre Plus office as soon as possible to find out.
Everyone deals with bereavement in their own way. If you or someone you know needs counselling or support, ask your family doctor or contact an organisation such as Cruse Bereavement Care. Their aim is to promote the well-being of bereaved people and provides counselling and support. The organisation also offers information, advice, education and training services.
Your local authority may provide support and advice about the arrangements that need to be made after a bereavement, such as registering the death and obtaining a death certificate. If you follow the link to the bereavement service you can enter details of where you live and you will be directed to your local authority website where you can find out more.