What You Need to do When Someone Dies

writing a list after someone has died

The death of a loved one is traumatic, but it can be made even more difficult by the many jobs which need doing immediately after someone passes away. When a person dies there is a lot of official paperwork which needs taken care of, and you need to start planning the funeral as soon as possible. Of course, you’ll also need to complete the tough task of informing family and friends of the sad news.

Immediately after a death there are certain things the next of kin must do. The bereavement can be hard to process, even if it was expected such as with a terminal illness. It is helpful to have people around to support you though your grief while you perform the necessary duties.

Here is a useful checklist to use after someone has died, but remember every circumstance is different and you may have additional jobs to do.

Tell immediate family and friends

Even though you may not have come to terms with the death yourself, it is only fair to inform others as soon as possible. You may wish to break the news to some people face to face, or sometimes it’s best to telephone those on a need to know basis. To share the burden, you may wish to give the responsibility of spreading the news to others, so you don’t have to have the difficult conversation multiple times.

Register the death

You must register a death within five days, with a medical certificate from a GP or hospital. Not only is this the law, but you won’t be able to plan the funeral without the documents from the death registration.

Start arranging the funeral

Choose a funeral director and start putting the plans into place for the type of service the late relative would have wanted. You might find their own funeral wishes in the Will or a pre-paid funeral plan if this was in place before they died. If the individual died without any wishes, it is up to the next of kin to make decisions about the funeral.

Deal with the Will

You don’t need to deal with the Will or any money or property straight away, unless you need to access the money to pay for the funeral. The person named on the Will as the executor has the job of collecting the estate and distributing it as per the wishes of the Will. They also have legal obligations to pay any debts of the deceased and selling any property in the estate.

If you need professional bereavement support, including financial aid, contact the DWP Bereavement Service.


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The price quoted contains the Funeral Director fees for a simple funeral. This includes:

  • Funeral Director fees for meetings, paperwork and running the funeral
  • Collection of the deceased and care prior to funeral
  • Hearse or appropriate vehicle for transport to the funeral
  • Basic coffin

The Funeral Director fees quoted do not include third party costs (often called disbursements). The Funeral Director will guide you through your options. These costs are:

  • Cremation or burial fees
  • Medical certificate for cremation
  • Clergy or officiant fee for conducting the ceremony

In addition to the disbursements you may want to discuss optional costs with your Funeral Director - these could include:

  • Funeral flowers
  • Memorial (venue hire, catering etc)
  • Memorial headstone
  • Orders of service

What is a Direct Cremation?

A Direct Cremation is an alternative to the traditional funeral. This involves the cremation of the deceased without a funeral service. A Direct Cremation is generally the most economic option because costs of the coffin, preparation of the body, funeral service and expensive transportation are not included. However, many people choose Direct Cremations for reasons other than expense, for example:

  • - Wanting to have a memorial at a different time to the cremation
  • - Expressed desire from the deceased to not have a ceremony
  • - Individuals with relatives who face big physical or geographical challenges in coming together for a ceremony

The prices quoted for Direct Cremations include:

  • All charges, meetings and paperwork for the cremation
  • Collection of deceased and care prior to cremation
  • A simple coffin and urn for the ashes
  • Cremation fees and delivery of ashes to the family

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