End of life

What to do when someone dies

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In addition to coping with the loss after someone dies, there are a number of practical steps that it is helpful to know about. In this section registering of death is covered, while further practical steps are considered in a section below

Bereavement support

Bereavement support is covered separately, see under


From Buckinghamshire Council
How to register a death in Buckinghamshire (with links if you need to a register a death in a neighbouring county) Register a death | Buckinghamshire Council

Tell us once service

Tell Us Once is a service that lets you report a death to most government organisations in one go. This is explained below:

tell us once service

From Buckinghamshire Council
The “Tell us once “team will notify all participating government departments and organisations of the death. This includes council housing, adult services, income support, libraries, driver and vehicle licensing agencies and passport services. Report a death to government organisations (Tell Us Once) | Buckinghamshire Council

More information on “Tell us once”

From Gov UK
Tell Us Once What to do after someone dies: Tell Us Once – GOV.UK



From Independent Age
When someone dies includes grief chat When someone dies | Independent Age


What are the practical steps to do when someone dies?

General advice

From Marie Curie

  • Practical things to do when someone dies: check list for things to do in the first few days After someone dies
  • When someone dies: Coping with grief, Funeral plans, registering a death and sorting out finances, and supporting a child when someone dies When someone dies

From Age UK
What to do when someone dies (a list of steps ) What to do when someone dies – what should I do next? | Age UK

From Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust
What to do when someone dies (see bottom of the page) Care in the last days of life at home – Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust

From Cruse Bereavement Care
Practical advice  Practicalities | Cruse Bereavement Care

From Gov UK
What to do when someone dies: step by step  What to do when someone dies: step by step – GOV.UK
Get help with funeral costs (Funeral Expenses Payment) Get help with funeral costs (Funeral Expenses Payment): Eligibility – GOV.UK


From the NHS
Post-mortem Post-mortem – NHS

Information on funerals

From the Good Funeral Guide
A not-for-profit independent information resource for funeral advice The Good Funeral Guide

Funeral directors belonging to the following organisations all have codes of practice

From the National Association of Funeral Directors
“Funeral homes that are members of the NAFD are inspected regularly and must abide by the Funeral Director Code. Should you be unhappy with any aspect of their service, the NAFD offers an independent complaints service, NAFD Resolve, providing reassurance that any concerns will be properly addressed.” Home – National Association of Funeral Directors

From the Society of Allied and Independent Funeral Directors
“Bereaved families can be assured of a compassionate, professional approach, underpinned by our industry leading Code of Practice.” UK Independent Funeral Directors

Bereavement support

For local and national bereavement support see under

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