When someone dies, there’s a lot to arrange just when you’re having to deal with many unfamiliar feelings. It’s a distressing time and a demanding one too. You may want to remember the past just as the immediate present demands your full attention; you may have concerns about your future too.
At a time like this, practical advice and reliable information will help you through the first few weeks. This guide tells you what happens immediately someone dies, and during the first week: how to arrange a funeral or ceremony, who you need to inform and when you need to contact them.
Afterwards, dealing with the estate can appear dauntingly complex. This guide explains in clear and simple terms what happens to the estate, how the will is executed, and how probate works. There’s plenty of advice on managing finances including tax, insurance and what benefits are available.
Coping with loss is a challenge, and feelings of grief can be overwhelming. This guide will show you who to turn to for help.
Throughout the guide, we mention a wide range of organisations you can turn to for further practical and personal help and advice. You’ll find them listed on our Contacts and Resources page.