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Death and bereavement

Bereavement is a highly personal and often traumatic event. When someone close to you dies you’ll need advice and support.

Practical help is available from a funeral director or from your family doctor, but there are also many agencies that can offer more guidance about what happens next and what you need to do.

Simply talking to someone sympathetic can be a big help.

Letting people know about the death

When you book an appointment to register a death with one of our registrars, you’ll be given the option to use our Tell Us Once service. This will notify all government departments and local council services about the death.

In addition to this, you may need to close down accounts, cancel or change insurance details, subscriptions, agreements, payments or direct debits. 

Download this list of suggestions about who else you need to contact after a bereavement (pdf 185KB).

Child deaths

By law, we have to review the death of every child under 18. 

See our child death page to find out what has to happen when a child dies. 

Further support

You can also view a listing of bereavement support services on the directory to find organisations who can support you.

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