The Co-operative Funeralcare - Your Guide to a Funeral


What to do when someone dies

An overview of what needs to be done

To help you understand where you are in the process, the diagram within this chapter gives you an at-a-glance overview. We have arranged the sections in this guide in the chronological order in which arrangements are usually made and given extra notes pages at the end for your own use. Immediately after the death • Death is usually confirmed by a professional • The person who has died is moved to a mortuary or funeral director’s premises

Doctor issues Medical Certificate or Coroner investigates the death This depends on the circumstances of the death

Registration of death Documents are issued that allows the funeral to proceed and the estate to be administered


Determine who should take the legal responsibility for administering the estate

Informing organisations of the death

• Financial and legal • Central and local government • Health sectors

Claim any benefit This usually needs to happen within 3 months of the death

Immediate concerns

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