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Bereavement Support

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Bereavement Support
Published 07/07/2020
When a loved one passes away we understand it is an upsetting and difficult time. We have put together the following information with what to do immediately after the passing, help with arranging the funeral, who to contact and coping with the loss in the long term. At such a sad and emotional time, it can be overwhelming if the responsibility falls on you and can be difficult to know what to do next, we hope this information helps. If you are struggling with grief, your mental health or need help right now, view our support page here: Help Needed Now If you feel you are in immediate danger and/or unable to keep yourself or others safe, dial 999 and request emergency assistance or get to your nearest A&E.
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If you are struggling with grief and need help now
Published 29/06/2020
The death of someone close to you can be totally devastating and you may find yourself experiencing a variety of emotions such as anger, anxiety, depression, stress, loneliness or emptiness. You may feel one, none, or all of these and you are not alone, most of us struggle with our day to day lives following the loss of a loved one. If you feel like you are struggling there are organisations that can help you and people you can talk to. Help and support is available right now if you need it. You don’t have to struggle with difficult feelings alone: If you feel you are in immediate danger and/or unable to keep yourself or others safe, dial 999 and request emergency assistance or get to your nearest A&E. If you have seriously harmed yourself - for example, by taking a drug overdose - call 999 for an ambulance or go straight to A&E. If you’ve already been given a Crisis Line number from a health professional, call it. If you are under the care of a mental health team and have a specific care plan that states who to contact when you need urgent care, follow this plan. The charity Mind offers information about how to plan for a crisis as well as lots of helpful advice and information. Visit them here: MIND The Samaritans operate a free to call service 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, if you want to talk to someone in confidence. Call them on 116 123. You can call NHS 111 if you or someone you know requires urgent care but it is not life threatening. Further information is available on the NHS website here: NHS/mentalhealth
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The First Few Days
Published 07/07/2020
You should first contact their Doctor and nearest relative. The doctor will come to formally confirm the death. If it was expected and the cause is known, a medical certificate of Cause of Death will be issued. If the death was sudden or unexpected it may not be possible to establish the cause of death and will be referred to the Coroner who will investigate. During this time you would be unable to register the death but will be provided with an interim death certificate to allow you to proceed with the funeral arrangements
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Registering the death
Published 07/07/2020
A death needs to be registered within 5 days of the passing at the local Register Office, if you are unsure of its location you can search online for the nearest office to the deceased's home or the hospital they passed away in. You will need to take the medical certificate signed by their doctor. You should also take as much of the following information as possible which could include:
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Who Do I need to inform
Published 07/07/2020
When someone dies, you should ensure that the following people / agencies are informed of the death as soon as possible:
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The Funeral
Published 07/07/2020
The deceased may have left instructions for their funeral, if there are no clear wishes it will usually fall on the executor or nearest relative to make the funeral arrangements. They will need to choose a Funeral Director to handle the arrangements or can decide to plan themselves. If using a Funeral Director you can rely on their knowledge and experience to ensure the funeral is arranged as efficiently as possible and can offer guidance at a difficult and emotional time. You may already have a trusted Funeral Director in mind but for guidance we work with many Funeral Directors who place many notices on our site and you can find a local trusted Funeral Director listed in our Directory.
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Finances after death
Published 07/07/2020
A person will be appointed as administer of the estate. This would usually be the deceased's next of kin or closest living relative. Once appointed the administrator must apply for a letter of administration allowing them to deal with the deceased's assets The order the responsibility falls on is as follows:
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A Lasting Tribute
Published 07/07/2020
Here at funeral-notices.co.uk we aim to create a lasting tribute to your loved one where you can update their notice with memories, photos and candles, this remains on the site forever and can be a wonderful way to mark special days, share memories or just to reflect and remember your loved one. Every comment / photo is moderated for peace of mind. We hope this tribute can offer comfort and give friends and family a supportive and sensitive way to remember and reflect.
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How to cope with grief
Published 07/07/2020
Grief is a natural emotion when you lose a loved one and affects people in different ways. The initial stages can leave you feeling helpless, angry and sad. You must allow yourself the time to grieve and be sad, there isn't a correct way to grieve and some people will take longer to recover than others. You are likely to have intense emotions for a prolonged period of time when the grief is at the forefront of your mind. It is important to remember that these feelings will not last forever and there are steps you can take to help the grieving process. These include: