We understand it is difficult when someone close dies. We will do all we can to help you at this time.
We hope this information will help you know what to do and where to get support.
What should you do when someone dies?
The central government website GOV.UK gives thorough and simple information on what to do when someone dies. This includes:
- registering a death
- when a death is reported to the Coroner - including post mortems and inquests
- arranging a funeral
- ‘Tell Us Once’ – a service that lets you report a death to most government organisations in one go
- dealing with tax and benefits
- what to do if a child or baby dies
- death abroad – including when the Coroner will be involved and bringing the body or ashes home.
Getting support when someone dies
A range of organisations can support you when a relative dies. We have listed some here.
Support for attending inquests
Coroners' Courts Support Service (CCSS) has trained volunteers that give emotional and practical support to bereaved families, friends and witnesses attending an inquest. They can answer your questions and help you find other organisations that can support you after the inquest.
General bereavement support
- Bereavement Advice Centre supports and advises people on what they need to do after a death.
- Cruse Bereavement Care offers telephone, email, face-to-face or group support. They also offer specialist bereavement support, like support for bereaved children and young people, and for people bereaved through suicide, drugs and alcohol.
Losing a baby or child
- The Compassionate Friends support families when a child dies. They have a helpline, an online forum, retreats and services especially for bereaved siblings.
- Child Bereavement UK supports families and educates professionals when a baby or child dies or is dying, or when a child is facing bereavement. They offer email and telephone support, support for couples and support through subsequent pregnancies.
- Sands – Stillbirth and neonatal death charity supports anyone affected by the death of a baby before, during or shortly after birth, including parents, grandparents, siblings, children, families, friends and health professionals.
- Bliss – for babies born too soon, too small, too sick offers a helpline and online resources to support those who have lost a baby.
- Rainbow Trust offers bereavement support over the phone and in person to families of children who have suffered a terminal illness.
- Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide (SOBS) give support by email and over the phone, run local support groups and hold retreats.
- Samaritans run Facing the Future groups for people bereaved by suicide.
- NHS - Help is at Hand: After someone may have died by suicide: leaflet, PDF (2.75MB)
- Macmillan Cancer Support charity offer support and information to those who have lost someone to cancer.
- British Heart Foundation offer end-of-life and bereavement support to anyone who has lost someone through a heart condition. They also offer specialist resources for children.
- Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) offers emotional support to those bereaved through Sudden Arrhythmic Death Syndrome (SADS), using volunteers who have suffered a similar experience.