Whether it be a friend or family member, dealing with the immediate aftermath of the death of a loved one can be an incredibly emotional and confusing time. In spite of your grief, you are expected to carry out a whole host of practical affairs for which it is likely you are unprepared.
At Hey Funerals, we know the challenges of going through the difficult task of making arrangements following a death. Here, we have put together some key steps that you will need to take in order to help you make arrangements.
Registration of Death
The first step to take following a loved one’s passing is to obtain their certification of death. This is necessary in order to register their death with the authorities and gain the paperwork needed to begin funeral arrangements.
You will need to get a medical certificate from a doctor – if the death occurred in a hospital, then this will be provided to you, whereas if it occurred at home or elsewhere, you will need to contact your doctor for certification. For sudden or unexpected deaths, a coronary inspection may be required; in such an event, you should dial 111 immediately for advice.
When you have obtained a medical certificate with a doctor’s verification, you will need to take it to your local registry office. You will also need to take with you some details of the deceased, including their ID, proof of address, birth certificate, medical card, marriage certificate and national insurance number where necessary. If you have all of the correct documentation, then the process should take around thirty minutes. You will then be issued with a death certificate so that you can proceed to make funeral arrangements.
In some cases, detailed funeral instructions will have been left by the deceased, or they may have even arranged a prepaid funeral, in which event the ceremony should be carried out as per their request. If this is not the case, then it can be a little more difficult and you will need to organise the ceremony as you see fit.
As funeral directors, Hey Funerals are on hand to help you throughout the process, from financial planning to organising the ceremony. We are also able to provide a coffin, organise headstones, provide a hearse and prepare the body.
We advise that you do not try and take on the task of preparing the funeral alone. Friends and family are of huge importance during this time, so if you have people close by you should seek their help both emotionally and practically They may be able to inform others of the death so that you can avoid having to repeat the news over and over, or they may be able to help with organising things like the wake.
Executing the Will
One of the last key things you will need to consider following a death is the execution of the will. In some cases, a solicitor will have been appointed to carry out this task, in which case you will need to inform them of the death. If this is not the case, then you will need to have a full tax assessment of their assets carried out for inheritance tax purposes, before dividing them according to any legal boundaries.
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Alternatively, you can visit us in person at Joseph A Hey & Son, 470 Great Horton Road, Bradford, West Yorkshire, BD7 3HR.