What Needs to be Done When Someone Dies?

Death is very painful but inevitable! Perhaps you have found yourself here due to the death of a loved one, death of a spouse, husband or wife – perhaps it is agonizing? You feel numb? 

 

It was unexpected? Perhaps you’ve been told a loved one does not have too long to live and are here to mentally prepare yourself and see what lies ahead.

 

The passing of a loved one can leave us with a burden of emotions especially as you deal with the aftermath of death.

 

There are many questions – what do I do next? Who do I contact? What support is available for me? 

 

With the knowledge that we have picked up along our journeys we are here to make the process as seamless and clear as possible.

 

This in-depth guide of what needs to be done when someone dies will cover a step by step process of the ins and outs of what to do after someone dies before arranging the funeral.

 

The process will include how to get a medical certificate, register the death, what to do if your loved one died abroad, who to notify after the death as well as information about organ donation.

 

Where the Person Died and the Processes that Follow

 

Who to notify after a death?


Besides the somewhat burdening, agonising and exhausting process of informing family and friends of the death of a loved one, there are also other organisations that need to be informed too, a workplace, educational establishments, tax office are some of many that need to be informed. Tell Us Once is a free service that enables you to report a death to most government organisations at once, making the process easier and less exhausting and emotionally draining. When you use Tell Us Once, they will notify the following services: DWP pensions and benefits Personal tax Council tax Passport Driving licence Blue Badge Electoral register Some public sector pension schemes




Who else needs to be notified after death?


The financial institutions have established something similar to the government's tell us once system which is called the death notification Service. It is a free service that allows you to inform a number of banks and credit card companies about the death of your loved one at the same time. It does appear that individual contact needs to be made to other organisations to notify them of the death of your loved one. Bill providers Work place Educational institutions Mortgage provider Life insurance provider Tax office Contract providers Church community Business associates




When should I notify them of the death?


You should notify all of them as soon as possible after you have received the death certificate.





Body Repatriation

Organ donation


Checking if the deceased registered themselves for organ donations is imperative. Nevertheless, even if such is the case the consent of family member’s is still sought after. New government laws surrounding organ donation came into effect on 20 May 2020. The opt-out system was introduced in England to help save and improve more lives. This simply means that all adults subscribe to become organ donors after death, unless they have made it known that they do not wish to donate. Organs are not detached until a patient’s death has been confirmed. Moreover, death certainly does not equal disrespect! A specialist team is on hand to ensure that even when deceased, organ donors are treated with absolute care and respect during the process. Also it is strictly the organs and tissues specified by the donor (with the consent of the family) that will be removed.





 

Registering the Death of Your Loved One

What happens if I don’t register a death within 5 days?


Failing to formally register a death within 5 days may result in a fine. However exemptions will be made if a coroner is investigating the cause of death – in such cases you will not be able to register the death until this investigation is complete.




How do I register a death?


Registering a death is a normal and formal procedure after death and must be done so within 5 days (8 days in Scotland). The most ideal place to register a death is the registry office near to where the person died, as this more than likely to make the process slightly faster.




What is the cost to register death in the UK?


There is no cost for registering death, however the cost for a certified death certificate varies by location. Each certified copy of a death certificate will cost £11.00 in England and Wales. Certified copies of a death certificate are £8.00 in Northern Ireland and £10.00 in Scotland.




How do I find my local register office?


You can simply find this information by searching “local register office near me,”on the internet. A list of offices near you will be shown. Remember to call and book an appointment with the office, you may have to wait a couple of days to be seen.




Who can register a death?


In most circumstances, a close loved one will be the individual registering the death, however depending on the conditions surrounding the death, the following are also permitted to act in this capacity: Any relative of the deceased Someone that was present at the time of death Any person living at the address where the death took place The owner of the building where the death took place (providing they are aware of the death) The individual arranging the funeral, but not the funeral director What will the registrar do when I come to register a death? The registrar will ask who you are in relation to the deceased. You will also be asked to provide details about yourself, and certain documents of the deceased and will lastly provide you with a death certificate.




What do I need to register a death?


Along with the registration, certain documents and key bits of information also need to be provided. Officials such as the deceased’s: Birth certificate NHS medical card or number A marriage certificate, driving licence or proof of their address. At this stage you will also be required to tell the registrar the following pieces of information: The deceased’s full name including any previous names (e.g. maiden name) Their place and date of birth The place and date of death Their place of residence Job occupation Details regarding their spouse (name, date of birth, job) Whether they received any state benefits (if the deceased, or if you both collectively received state benefits, their death may affect those claims. For example, if you both applied for joint tax credit this will no longer be applicable and you are required to inform HMRC within one month of the death).




Which documents will I receive when I register a death?


When you register a death, providing you have the correct documents, you will receive a death certificate from the registrar.




What is a death certificate?


A death certificate is an official document issued by the government. The certificate declares the cause of death and other significant information such as the time and location of death, their date of birth and occupation.




How long does it take to get a death certificate?


Thankfully the process of getting the death certificate is not a tedious one, as they are usually issued within 30 minutes, once the necessary documents and information are provided.




How many copies of death certificates do I need?


The registrar will give you a certified copy of the death certificate, once you have met all the requirements and made payment. However more copies would be advised, as death certificates mostly function as proof for legal purposes. For example, arranging a funeral, claiming life insurance, the implementation of a will, gaining access to pension benefits or settling estates.




Can I order more certificates later on?


Additional copies of the death certificate can be ordered once the death registration has taken place. the additional copy of a death Certificate can obtained online, by phone or by post.




Do I have to register a death before a funeral?


A death must be registered at a local register office before a funeral can take place.





Who to Notify After a Death? 

 

Who to notify after a death?


Besides the somewhat burdening, agonising and exhausting process of informing family and friends of the death of a loved one, there are also other organisations that need to be informed too, a workplace, educational establishments, tax office are some of many that need to be informed. Tell Us Once is a free service that enables you to report a death to most government organisations at once, making the process easier and less exhausting and emotionally draining. When you use Tell Us Once, they will notify the following services: DWP pensions and benefits Personal tax Council tax Passport Driving licence Blue Badge Electoral register Some public sector pension schemes




Who else needs to be notified after death?


The financial institutions have established something similar to the government's tell us once system which is called the death notification Service. It is a free service that allows you to inform a number of banks and credit card companies about the death of your loved one at the same time. It does appear that individual contact needs to be made to other organisations to notify them of the death of your loved one. Bill providers Work place Educational institutions Mortgage provider Life insurance provider Tax office Contract providers Church community Business associates




When should I notify them of the death?


You should notify all of them as soon as possible after you have received the death certificate.





Organ Donation 

Organ donation


Checking if the deceased registered themselves for organ donations is imperative. Nevertheless, even if such is the case the consent of family member’s is still sought after. New government laws surrounding organ donation came into effect on 20 May 2020. The opt-out system was introduced in England to help save and improve more lives. This simply means that all adults subscribe to become organ donors after death, unless they have made it known that they do not wish to donate. Organs are not detached until a patient’s death has been confirmed. Moreover, death certainly does not equal disrespect! A specialist team is on hand to ensure that even when deceased, organ donors are treated with absolute care and respect during the process. Also it is strictly the organs and tissues specified by the donor (with the consent of the family) that will be removed.





In Conclusion

Organ donation


Checking if the deceased registered themselves for organ donations is imperative. Nevertheless, even if such is the case the consent of family member’s is still sought after. New government laws surrounding organ donation came into effect on 20 May 2020. The opt-out system was introduced in England to help save and improve more lives. This simply means that all adults subscribe to become organ donors after death, unless they have made it known that they do not wish to donate. Organs are not detached until a patient’s death has been confirmed. Moreover, death certainly does not equal disrespect! A specialist team is on hand to ensure that even when deceased, organ donors are treated with absolute care and respect during the process. Also it is strictly the organs and tissues specified by the donor (with the consent of the family) that will be removed.





 
 

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