What to do when someone dies

When someone has died, it can be overwhelming to think about everything that needs to be done. To help support you, we have advice about registering a death, arranging a funeral, bereavement benefits, organising someone’s estate and other practical issues.

What happens immediately after a death?
Information about what happens immediately after someone has died, including who to call to confirm the death, caring for the body and who can help you.
What needs to be done after someone dies?
Although this is likely to be a very emotional time, there are still some formal things that need to happen and things you’ll need to do when someone dies.
Who to inform when someone dies
Our guide on who you need to contact and formally notify when a friend or relative has died, including which organisations you have to contact.
Registering a death
Registering your loved one’s death is one of the first things you need to do after they’ve died. Find out how to register a death and what documents you’ll need.
How to arrange a funeral
Arranging a funeral for a loved one can be stressful and overwhelming, at an emotional time. We have advice on where to start, funeral directors and more.
Bereavement benefits and financial support
If your husband, wife or civil partner dies, you could be entitled to financial help and bereavement benefits, including Bereavement Support Payment.
Bereavement leave from work
If you are employed, you are entitled to some bereavement leave from work when a loved one dies. We have guidance on your rights, the rules and pay.
How to sort out money and personal belongings after a death
After someone dies, sorting their possessions and finances can be stressful. Our guidance will help you deal with their estate and final instructions.