St John’s Winchester Charity

Who to Contact When Someone Dies

When someone dies, people and organisations need to be told and documents completed. Some of these things can be done by a close relative or friend, others need to be done by the executor or administrator of the estate. There’s also support available to help everyone through such a difficult time.

What to do in the first five days

You cannot be expected to do everything right away, but in the first five days from the time of the person’s death it is important to:

  • notify the family doctor
  • contact a funeral director to begin funeral arrangements (you’ll need to check the will for any special requests – the person who has died’s solicitor may have a copy if you can’t find one)
  • register the death at the Registry Office
  • if relevant, complete form BD8 and send to the local Jobcentre Plus or Social Security Office (given to you when you register the death; read the reverse to see if it applies)
  • if the person who has died was receiving any benefits or tax credits advise the tax offices that were making the payments.

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