Unfortunately there is administration that needs to take place and certain authorities need to be informed of the death. All this comes at a time when you may least feel like attending to these matters as they stir up memories, often it can all be too much to bare. Below we have listed some of the government organisations that need to be informed. We hope that we can make this daunting task a little more bearable. Please do contact us if you require any advice.
Informing local and national authorities of the death.
You will need to inform:
The DWP if there is a state pension or any benefits involved.
The Passport office
The DVLA for cancellation of a driver’s licence
The local council to cancel the council tax or apply for single occupancy discount if applicable.
You will have to manage the estate of the deceased which involves closing down accounts and transfer or sale of property. Depending on the size of the estate you may be able to administer it yourself or if there are other family members involved, especially where property is concerned, you may need to employ the services of a a solicitor. For more information on probate see How do I manage the estate? on our Frequently asked Questions page.
Redirecting post after a death
You can arrange for the local post office to redirect the post of someone who has died. The post office may insist on having proof that you have got legal authority to do this. It might help if you could provide a death certificate and a written statement saying that you have a right to act on the person’s behalf. You will have to pay a fee for redirection of post.
You can also stop junk mail being sent to someone who has died. To do this, you can register details of the death with The Bereavement Register. Companies who check The Bereavement Register will remove details of the person who has died from mailing lists and marketing databases. However, this will not stop junk mail being sent from companies who do not check with the register. The Bereavement Register is a free service.
Contact details for The Bereavement Register are:
The Bereavement Register
You can also use the Mailing Preference Service (MPS) to stop junk mail being sent to someone who has died.
If at anytime during the whole process you are struggling emotionally and feel that the weight of responsibility is too much we can put you in touch with organisations that are trained to help you. Sometimes just talking will help, so do not be afraid to pick up the phone. We have put together some useful links that might be of some help.
When my Mum died in April 2015 we did not know who to use for her funeral but after various recommendations we contacted Ugalde & Son Funeral Directors in Liskeard. From the very first telephone call to Bryan at Ugaldes it was clear this was an excellent Funeral Directors. Their compassion, kindness and understanding was exemplary, nothing was too much trouble. We were kept informed every step of the way about what would happen and when, which was such a massive help to me as I had not arranged a funeral before let alone one for someone so close to me. I cannot stress enough how lovely this company was to work with and how professional they are without losing their compassion and understanding. I cannot thank them enough for the help and support they provided for myself and my family in such sad and difficult circumstances.
This family run funeral directors have a personal approach that larger companies fail to offer. I recommend Ugalde and Son without reservation.
When my father died suddenly a few years ago, a good friend recommended Ugalde and Son to handle the funeral. From start to finish, Bryan, Clyve and their team managed every aspect of the funeral with sensitivity, understanding and professionalism.
Bryan was always available to answer any questions I had, offering invaluable advice and support to me and my family during this tragic time.
Theloss of a beautiful daughter was a devastating blow to a close knit family, so that the impeccable service which you provided for her has been very much appreciated by us, as covering every arrangement for her funeral with absolute concern and efficiency. I am sure that your service is unrivalled anywhere. May I add how greatly valued the friendly and sympathetic attention which you personally showed to us throughout our sad time.
With gratitude on behalf of the family.
Denys M. Kennedy
‘Unfortunately my wife and I lost our baby girl through a late miscarriage. Rather than having a hospital arranged service we decided that we would prefer to organise our own private funeral. Having spoken to Bryan and Clyve on the phone we appointed them to help us and straight away they couldn’t have done more to help.
We were given so much choice to make the whole process as personal to us as we wanted but at no point did we feel overwhelmed. What really helped was how much they cared.
Thank you so much for all you have done for us.’
Darren and Jenny Nock
Ugalde & Son took a lot of the weight from my shoulders and made this painful process as smooth as it could possibly be. The help and support of Bryan and the family during this distressing time has been deeply appreciated by my daughter and myself.
Two years ago I organised my fathers funeral (in the Midlands) which was a pre paid funeral, therefore most decisions had already been made. I found organising dad’s funeral arduous and far more stressful than my husband Geoff’s where everything had to be arranged.
Can’t thank you enough for all you have done, you’ve been brilliant, my brother and I have not had to worry about a thing because you have been there for us all the way. You have a way with people who have just lost loved ones, that no-one else could ever stand up to, you and your team run a very professional business, making sure everything runs smoothly and dotting all the i’s and crossing all the t’s, leaving no stone unturned ! We are so pleased with everything.
Mrs Caroline Butt
Ugalde & Son dealt with the funeral of a very precious husband and father in a dignified way but the care and compassion they showed us as a family was above and beyond anything we could have expected. Nothing was too much trouble.