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Floyd & Son's guide to the practical steps surrounding the death of a loved one

Couple planning a funeralBackgroundBackgroundBackground

Floyd & Son's guide to the practical steps surrounding the death of a loved one

Professional and experienced funeral directors, such as Floyd & Son, are there to help you every step of the way. You can lean on their experience, which can be a real help at a time when you may not feel up to dealing with all the practical tasks.

Professional and experienced funeral directors, such as Floyd & Son, are there to help you every step of the way. You can lean on their experience, which can be a real help at a time when you may not feel up to dealing with all the practical tasks.

Registering the death

Every death must be registered at the local council’s registry office. The address should be on the envelope you are given with the Death Certificate; if not your Funeral Director can tell you where to go. Generally, the next of kin should register the death, but if you don’t feel up to it, Floyd & Son can let you know who else can do it and in what circumstances.

Whoever goes to the registrar should take the following:

  • The medical certificate of the cause of death
  • The deceased’s medical card, if available, or their NHS number
  • Any forms given to you if the death has been referred to the Coroner.

They should be ready to tell the registrar:

  • The date and place of death
  • The deceased’s last usual address
  • The deceased’s names, including a woman’s maiden name and date and place of birth – it might be easier to take their birth certificate
  • Whether the deceased was receiving a state pension or any benefits
  • The date of birth of their surviving partner, if they were married

The registrar will give you:

  • A Certificate for Burial or Cremation (known as the “Green Form”), unless the Coroner has given you an Order for Burial or a Certificate for Cremation. The Funeral Director needs one of these forms for the arrangements to proceed.
  • A Certificate of Registration of Death, for Social Security purposes.

You can also purchase one or more Certified Copies of an Entry Certificate. These are needed for pension claims, insurance policies and other financial matters.

Registering the death

Find out if the deceased made a Will and consult the solicitors who hold it to see if they had any wishes about their funeral. The Solicitor can tell you who the Executors are – that is the people named as legally entitled to deal with the deceased’s Estate.

Don’t rush into decisions about property or money. Leave it until the Funeral is behind you and there is time to act calmly and with good advice. The Solicitor can advise on tax issues and the law of probate.

People to inform

Various people will need to know about the death, including:

  • The family doctor, if the deceased died in hospital
  • The local Inland Revenue office
  • The local Social Security office to cancel allowances, benefits, etc.
  • Their employer
  • Providers of utilities in their name, such as Gas, Electricity, etc.

Thinking through the person’s life will help you remember others who will want to know and perhaps attend the funeral – maybe their trade union, a club they were a member of, people who shared hobbies or a charity they supported.

If any children are affected by the death, their teacher should be told straight away.

Things that may need to be returned

You may need to return things such as Order Books or Giro Cheques to the DSS. Make a note of any pension or order book numbers before you send them back.

The deceased’s passport, driving licence, car registration document and National Insurance papers must be returned to the relevant offices.

All of this takes time and it does not have to be done straight away. Get a solicitor or a family member to help

Getting financial help

If you need financial assistance there is a freephone Social Security line to use. To find out if you qualify for help call 0800 666 555.

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