In Times Of Bereavement
When you lose someone, there are a mix of emotions but also responsibilities. Fortunately it is not something we have to deal with on a regular basis, and we can be confused on what we need to do on behalf of the deceased, and where we can get support.
When somebody dies, there are a few steps that those close to the deceased need to follow:
- If it happens at home and the death was expected, please telephone the practice or the out-of-hours services. If the event is not expected, the police needs also to be informed
- Get a medical certificate from your GP or hospital doctor (this is necessary to register the death)
- Register the death within 5 days. You will then receive the necessary documents for the funeral
- Make the necessary funeral arrangements
Register the death
If the death has been reported to the coroner they must give permission before registering the death.
You can register the death if you are a relative, a witness to the death, a hospital administrator or the person making the arrangements with the funeral directors.
A death should be registered within five days (unless a coroner is investigating the circumstances leading to the death).
You can use the ‘register a death’ page on the gov.uk website that will guide you through the process.
Arrange the funeral
The funeral can usually only take place after the death is registered. Most people use a funeral director, though you can arrange a funeral yourself.
Choose a funeral director who’s a member of one of the following:
These organisations have codes of practice – they must give you a price list when asked.
Some local councils run their own The British humanist association website can also help with non-religious funerals.
Arranging the funeral yourself
Contact the cemeteries and crematorium department of your local council to arrange a funeral yourself.
Funeral costs can include:
- Funeral director fees
- The funeral director will pay for ‘disbursements’ or ‘third-party costs’ on your behalf. This includes, crematorium or cemetery fees, or a newspaper announcement about the death
- Local authority burial or cremation fees
Funeral directors may list all these costs in their quotes.
NHS choices bereavement pages offer a range of advice and support.
We will also contact you to offer a bereavement visit and discuss further bereavement options available to you.