What to do after a death

We recognise the many difficulties you face at this time. The following information provides guidance about what to do after a bereavement.

Death registration appointment

You will need to make an appointment to register a death.

Bereavement support

This NHS Bereavement support webpage lists organisations that offer help and advice to those dealing with bereavement.

Funeral arrangements

After registering the death, you can organise the funeral (opens in a new tab) yourself if you wish.


You may apply for probate to manage the deceased's estate (money, property and possessions).

Corresponding with organisations

When you manage the affairs of someone who has died, you may need to correspond with many organisations.

Our Tell Us Once service will assist you with notifying many departments and services on our list so you will not need to contact them again. You will be registered for this service at your appointment by our Registrar.

Support for unpaid carers

Caring to the end (opens in a new tab) offers practical, legal and financial information and advice on coping with grief and where to go for support after caring for a loved one at the end of life.

The website also offers tailored advice and guidance for various unpaid carers, including parent and young carers.