What to do after someone dies - funeral costs advice

There are 3 things you must do in the first few days after someone dies.

  • Get a medical certificate from a GP or hospital doctor. You’ll need this to register the death.
  • Register the death within 5 days. You’ll then get the documents you need for the funeral. Visit the GOV.UK website for a list of register offices.
  • Arrange the funeral - you can use a funeral director or arrange it yourself. You could get a Funeral Expenses Payment (also called a Funeral Payment) if you get certain benefits and need help to pay for a funeral you’re arranging. Contact the Bereavement Service on 0800 731 0469, NGT text relay (if you cannot hear or speak on the phone): 18001 then 0800 731 0469
    Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm or visit the GOV.UK website. 
    Friends of the Elderly may be able to give you a grant towards the funeral costs. Further information and advice is also available from the Money Advice Service.
  • You may be eligible for a Bereavement Support payment 

If there are no friends or family to pay for the funeral, your local Council will organise it.

Further information is available on West Berkshire Council's National Assistance Burials webpage.

You don’t need to deal with the will, money and property straight away.  Visit the GOV.UK website Applying for probate webpage.

Who to contact

GOV.UK What to do after someone dies

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