Bereavement Guide

The National Will Register Bereavement Guide
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What to do when someone dies.

When someone dies, we understand that the death of a close family member or friend will be an emotionally difficult and distressing time for you. This is normal and natural. However, until we find ourselves responsible for making the funeral arrangements, or helping someone to do this, it can be difficult working out what to do when someone dies and in what order, and we often do not realise how many practical tasks there are to consider when someone dies.

This guide aims to provide you with easy to understand, practical advice to get you started and help you with all aspects of your loved one’s estate. We include a step by step checklist and glossary to help explain all the different legal terminology that you may hear being used around you, along with details of useful organisations you may need to make contact with.