When someone dies there are also many people to be informed, including several companies and organisations. Whilst it may seem daunting, letting people know can avoid any distress caused by them contacting you unexpectedly if they are not aware.
In addition, one of the first things that needs to happen is the death must be registered. While the exact process will depend on the location and nature of the death, registration normally needs to occur within 5 days of the death in England, Wales & N.Ireland and 8 days of the death in Scotland.
You may find it helpful to make a list of all the other people who will need to be informed by telephone or letter. You can work through this gradually over the coming days and weeks and ask other people to help.
This section of the website can help you decide what you need to do and in what order, as some organisations will need to be informed more urgently than others. Not all of the tasks will need to be done in every case, but you may find this section useful so you can see which apply to you.
The pages below will guide you through the process of registration, as well as how to inform companies and organisations, reduce unwanted mail and what to do with the deceased's personal possessions or care at home equipment.
The process of registration and contacting registrars
The factors effecting who can register a death
Important things to remember
Understanding the registrar's documentation
The Local Authority based 'Tell Us Once' service
The registration process and alternatives
Free services available to reduce direct mail
Valuations, emptying a property, and different kinds of personal goods
Issues of insurance and charitable disposal options
The register, purchased equipment, and medication
Digital technology and the law
Dealing with social media and email accounts
Banks, pensions and care agencies
Probate and asset and liaiblity holders
Common agencies to consider
Employers, trade unions and educational establishments
GPs and outstanding appointments
Some common local connections to contact
Invalidity and temporary arrangements