It can be a confusing time following a death and difficult to know what you need to do first, especially if this is the first time you are experiencing it.
There are many procedures that will need to be undertaken. What needs to happen first will depend on the circumstances of the death and whether the person died in hospital, at home, a public place or overseas. This will also affect the type of documentation that you will be given.
There are also many people who will need to be informed of the death. You can find more information about letting people know in this section, and for more information on how to let companies and organisations know, please click here.
Important hospital staff, and what to do first when someone dies at hospital
What to do first when someone dies at home or in a care home
What to do first when someone dies in a public place
What to do first when someone dies overseas
A useful reminder of what needs to be done after someone has died
How to inform family and friends
Documents to look for and organisations to contact
Organisations and services which can help
Options if you have been unexpectedly named as the executor
A summary of the available statutory, commercial, and voluntary services
Important people to contact
Financial organisations, property and utilities, government officies, and others
How to start managing the estate