Following the death of a close relative or friend, everything can suddenly become overwhelming and confusing, making it difficult to know what to do next, or even where to turn. Understanding the procedures that follow a death can help put our minds at rest.
What else needs to be done?
When someone dies there are many people and organisations that need to be informed. Make a list of each of these, and work through the list gradually over the following days or weeks. If a will has been made, make sure this is read carefully to ensure any special requests in the will are carried out. When you are ready, contact a Funeral Director and start to make the funeral arrangements.
Coping with the death of a close relative or friend is a life changing experience. Suddenly you will find that your life has been jerked out of your control and understanding and you may be faced with situations, to which you may never know the answers. It takes time, perhaps more time than we realise, but eventually you will be able to move forward – one day at a time.
Below are the different procedures to follow, dependent on the location of death.