What to Do When Someone Dies

A practical checklist to help guide you through difficult times

Bereavement Checklist

When someone close to you dies, there is a lot that needs to be done – and often, people don’t even know where to begin.

Dealing with these unfamiliar tasks may be made more difficult by the feelings of grief and sense of loss that are likely to develop as time goes on. Sometimes, having to take these steps can be much more overwhelming than we anticipated, even if the death was expected.

We’ve produced a downloadable checklist that you can read on-screen, or print off to have handy. It includes all the authorities you’ll need to inform about the death of your loved one and the four key things you’ll need to consider in the coming weeks.

If you would find it easier to talk with a member of our team about what needs to be done, just pick up the phone or log on to our live chat to speak with one of our experienced bereavement advisors.

The information in the checklist is generic, so you might find it’s not completely relevant to your unique circumstances. If that’s the case, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. We’ll be able to explain the things you’ll need to think about next.

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