What to Do When Someone Dies

Losing a loved one is difficult and testing time for the bereaved, regardless of the circumstances of their passing. When someone dies, it’s hard to know what to do next. Although the processes involved are fairly simple, when grieving a loss, the simplest things can become difficult. In this post, Empathy UK will help you navigate officialdom and guide you step by step on what to do when someone dies. As one of the country’s leading prepaid funeral plan providers, our first port of call would be checking whether or not the deceased had purchased a funeral plan. In recent years, funeral plans have become increasingly popular, as people take steps to protect themselves against the rising cost of funerals. The Funeral Planning Authority (FPA), offer a search utility whereby you can check if someone had purchased a funeral plan. While not all plans are covered by this search, it is a good recourse in the event of a sudden death.

Medical Certificate of Cause of Death

If someone passes away outside of a healthcare setting, such as a hospital or hospice, a doctor or ambulance should be called. Only once the doctor has issued a Medical Certificate of Cause of Death will the body be released to the care of a funeral director.

Register the Death

Once a Medical Certificate of Cause of Death is issued and the deceased is taken into the care of a funeral director, the death must be registered. A simple online search will help you find a register office and make an appointment to register the death. At this point, you will be required the deceased’s passport and birth certificate, in order to register the death. In England, Wales and Northern Ireland, a death must be registered within 5 days.

Funeral Arrangements

If your loved one has passed away without purchasing a funeral plan, you will have to arrange their funeral through a funeral director.

Handling the Estate

If you loved one left a will and named an ‘executor’, the executor will be responsible for dealing with the estate. However, if no will was left, a family member will be appointed an ‘administrator’ to handle the estate.

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