After suffering a bereavement many please find that they do not know what they need to do to start planning a funeral. We have put together a short guide to help you through the very first things you need to do in the first moments and days after someone dies. We hope that this guide helps you, but we are available 24 hours a day to provide free no obligation advise, so should you have any questions please call us on 01246 86 26 56 where we will be happy to help you.

Contact The Deceased’s GP

If someone dies at home you will need to contact their GP as soon as possible, if the person has not been seen by their GP during the last 14 days of their life the GP will usually visit the house. If the death was expected the GP will issue a certificate (this should not be confused with a death certificate). This will allow you to contact your chosen Funeral Director.

Contact Your Funeral Director

You need to choose a Funeral Director who can offer the services you require, this can be difficult in the hours after the death of a loved one. This is your time to spend with your loved one if you wish, there are no rules on how fast you need to arrange a Funeral Director to collect your loved one, some people find comfort in sitting with their loved one for a while, and taking the opportunity to say those last few things they may never have had chance to say. It is important to know that once a Funeral Director has taken your loved one into care you are NOT bound by your decision, until arrangements have been made you can appoint a different Funeral Director.

Register The Death

The registration of the death is the formal record of the death. It is done by the Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages at the Register Office. A death should be registered within five days. If a post mortem is being carried out, you can’t register the death until the coroner’s investigations are finished. When someone dies at home, the death should be registered at the register office in the district where they lived.

Make Funeral Arrangement

Within a few days your Funeral Director should contact you to make an appointment to begin making funeral arrangements, at this stage you will have the opportunity to personalise the service as much as you wish, though you should try to give your funeral dricetor as much information as possible at this stage we understand how difficult this can be, so the arrangements made on this day can be modified until 4 working days before the service is due to take place

After The Funeral

In the weeks or months after the funeral you may wish to create a lasting memorial. There are many options available to you, from headstones, ashes caskets, urns and keepsake jewellery. For more information speak to your Funeral Director who will be able to dicuss your options and find which would be most suitable for you.