What to do when someone dies

Working out what to do first when someone dies can seem overwhelming. This guide breaks down what you need to do as soon as possible, as well as in the weeks and months after someone dies.

If someone has died at home, in a nursing home or hospice the death is often both natural and expected. When someone dies at home, the first step is to call the GP as soon as possible. The GP will normally visit the house and, if the death was expected, issue a medical certificate giving the cause of death. You can call one of our funeral homes as soon as you are ready to do so.

There are a number of things you need to do after someone dies, from registering a death with the Registrar at your local registration office to understand what documents and certificates are required, including the Medical Certificate of Cause of Death, as well as the Certificate for Burial or Cremation and the Certificate of Registration of Death. You also need to let people know, including friends, relatives, Government organisations and service providers, including banks, building societies and insurance companies, as well as solicitors who will have information about the Will and Probate.

Registering a death

A death should be registered before arranging the funeral and is usually carried out by a relative.

How to pick a funeral director

You can be assured that every funeral home that is part of the Funeral Partners family will provide outstanding client service.

Documents and certificates

Certificates you will need to enable you to start arranging the funeral and sorting out the affairs of the person who has died.

Letting people know

Picking up the telephone to tell close family or complete strangers such as an employer about the death is usually difficult.

Compare Cremation Funeral Services

Cremation services usually involve a gathering of family and friends and a cremation committal to say goodbye to a loved one.

Bereavement and Compassionate Leave in the UK

Arranging compassionate leave in the UK will remove unnecessary pressure and give you space to focus on the tasks ahead.

Further Reading: Arranging a funeral

Read about how funerals are arranged and what services you can expect to get.