It can be a confusing time following a death and difficult to know what you need to do first, especially if this is the first time you are experiencing it.
There are many procedures that will need to be undertaken. What needs to happen first will depend on the circumstances of the death and whether the person died in hospital, at home, a public place or overseas. This will also affect the type of documentation that you will be given.
There are also many people who will need to be informed of the death. You can find more information about letting people know in this section, and for more information on how to let companies and organisations know, please click here.
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- What to do when someone dies in hospital
Important hospital staff, and what to do first when someone dies at hospital
- What to do when someone dies at home or in a care home
What to do first when someone dies at home or in a care home
- What to do when someone dies in a public place
What to do first when someone dies in a public place
- What to do when someone abroad
What to do first when someone dies overseas
- Step by step checklist
A useful reminder of what needs to be done after someone has died
- Letting people know
How to inform family and friends
- Check for important paperwork
Documents to look for and organisations to contact
- Coping with the media
Organisations and services which can help
- What if you are not the next of kin?
Options if you have been unexpectedly named as the executor
- Bereavement services
A summary of the available statutory, commercial, and voluntary services
- Registering a death and arranging a funeral
Important people to contact
- Who to inform when someone dies
Financial organisations, property and utilities, government officies, and others
- Managing the estate
How to start managing the estate