What to Do When Someone Dies – Practical Advice

Your world can be turned upside-down when a loved one passes away; it can be difficult to know what to do when someone dies; the checklist can be overwhelming, and you may not know where to start.

Not only do you have to navigate your own loss and grief, you may also have to deal with the practicalities surrounding their death.

The first thing to do is get a medical certificate of the cause of death; this will allow you to register their death and gives you the correct paperwork to start planning the funeral.

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Your loved one may have already started this process by purchasing a pre-paid funeral plan, allowing them to arrange and pay for their funeral in advance.

When determining what to do when someone dies, their funeral plan is a good place to look. Capital Life’s Funeral Plans include a welcome pack and allow your loved ones to leave clear instructions on what they want for their final farewell.

So, the first thing to do is to call the provider to inform them of the death. After that, many of the practical aspects of the funeral will be arranged by the Funeral Director as per the funeral plan. They will take care of everything, from moving the body to the Funeral Home or Chapel of Rest and arranging family visits, organising the funeral procession and all aspects of that.

Notifying people is high on the list of what to do when someone dies. Of course, family and friends will be among the first to know, but other organizations also need to be informed, like their GP and their employer, for example.

It can be difficult to know what to do when someone dies; Capital Life is here to help guide you through the process of purchasing a funeral plan and beyond. Call us on 0800 411 8688 or contact us to see how we can help you.

We can also guide you through the importance of Wills, Inheritance Planning, Probate and LPAs.