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The passing of a loved one is often a shock. Even if it’s anticipated, procedure is often the last thing on a person’s mind during this difficult time. One of these important procedural steps is informing the correct people that the person has passed.
Who you need to tell about the passing of a loved one will depend very much on your circumstances. Read our list below and see which might apply to you.
Inform close friends or relatives of your loved one’s passing. How you choose to inform them is up to you, but with close friends and family, you will usually have an idea of how they would prefer to hear the news.
Businesses and schools have processes in place for dealing with deaths. A phone call to your loved one’s employer or school office will enable these organisations to carry out practical steps like settling outstanding payments as well as moral ones, such as informing staff/colleagues/pupils of the individual’s passing.
It is important that you contact your loved one’s solicitor or accountant, if they had one. Aside from the immediate relevancy of any wills your loved one had written, a financial advisor may be able to help you with other financial documents – see Financial organisations below.
There is a useful “Tell Us Once” government website where much of this can be achieved in one go. Once a death is registered the Registrar will send code if they are in the scheme which can then be entered into this system: https://www.gov.uk/after-a-death/organisations-you-need-to-contact-and-tell-us-once. (Not available in NI.)
Your loved one may have taken out a Prepaid Funeral Plan, in which case you should contact the relevant company to discuss putting the plan into motion.
If they did not take out a plan, you should begin thinking about planning a funeral. This can seem daunting and costly at first, especially if you haven’t put aside for funeral expenses, but there’s plenty of help available. We recommend Direct Cremation; a simple, affordable cremation up to £2,700 less expensive than traditional funeral services, but what’s most important is that you phone around and talk to staff to find the right provider for you.
This list was taken from here.
If this list looks long, don’t worry. Not every point will be relevant to the deceased. The loss of a loved one is never easy, but we hope that by sharing this list, we help to relieve some of the burden of who to tell about a death.
Memoria brings 90 years of collective experience serving the bereaved in every way. Our dedicated, compassionate team are here to explain your options and help you to make the right choice, whatever your circumstances. Whether you’d like to discuss an affordable cremation or arrange a pre-planned funeral, we are happy to help.