After a death - All you need to know in one place
When someone dies, it’s a huge shock to the system. Even if the death is expected, nothing can prepare you for the way you feel when it happens. To make matters more difficult, there are lots of things that have to be done soon after the death, including registering the death and arranging the funeral.
Understandably, the long to-do list can quickly become overwhelming, especially when you have a lot on your mind. That’s why we’ve created an easy-to-use online guide which sets out very simply exactly what you need to do when someone dies.
The guide provides all the information you need in one place. From the priorities that must be done promptly, right through to paying for the funeral and dealing with the estate. It also gives you practical tips and simple downloadable checklists to keep you on track at a hectic time.
Making the process as simple as possible
We understand that your head may feel like cotton wool and that you won’t always be thinking straight, so we’ve made everything as simple for you as possible. The guide is written in plain English, and breaks down tasks into bite size pieces, so you can do one thing at a time.
To make things feel a little more manageable, the guide also shows you what needs to be done straight away, and what you could put on the backburner at least for a few weeks.
In your own time
Everyone’s experience is different and you may not want or need help at every stage of the process from reporting a death to dealing with the estate. Please dip in and out whenever you need to. The guide is there to support you and act a handy reference point.
“Losing someone we love is upsetting and often traumatic, but few of us realise how much practical work goes along with it.
This helpful new site will help people through the actions they need to take at a time when it’s hard to think of anything other than the person you’ve lost. It’s also a useful site to look at ahead of time, so you can start gathering documents and information.
At Dying Matters we believe that talking about death won’t make it happen, and putting our plans in place allows us to get on with living our lives. We’re delighted that SunLife have created this site, and I hope that will people will find it helpful.”
What to do when someone dies
Here are the steps the guide can help you with:
- Reporting a death
How to report the death and who you need to contact
- Registering a death
How, when and where to register the death
- Who to inform
Who must be contacted first, and the people and organisations that can wait a little longer
- Arranging the funeral
How to arrange and pay for the funeral
- Managing the estate and Probate
How to deal with someone’s estate, with or without a Will to follow
Where to find practical and emotional support when coping with a bereavement
Remember, you’re only human
Please remember dealing with someone’s death is big ask. You’re coping with a loss and have a very long to-do list to get through. You may feel very alone. Those around you are grieving too and probably aren’t seeing the pressure you’re under.
Don’t be a superhero. Do what you can when you can - and don’t be afraid to ask for help if you need it. Everyone will want to support you but may need you to show them how.
We hope you found this article helpful. Use our guide to help you understand what to do when someone dies. Even if you don’t need it now, it might be a good idea to bookmark the guide so you can find it easily in the future.
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