Register the death within 5 days (8 days in Scotland) - this includes weekends and bank holidays.
Before you can register the death you’ll need either:
- a medical certificate - ask the GP or hospital doctor
- permission from the coroner that you can register the death - if the death was reported to a coroner (Procurator Fiscal in Scotland)
You’ll get a ‘certificate for a burial’ to give to the funeral director, or an application for cremation which you need to complete and give to the crematorium.
You must do one of these before the funeral can take place.
Step 1: Register the death
Check what to do if:
- the death has been reported to a coroner
- the death happened outside the UK
- you're registering a stillbirth
- someone is missing and you think they're dead
To stop or change benefits payments you can tell the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) about the death straight away.
Step 2: Arrange the funeral
Step 3: Tell government about the death
The Tell Us Once service allows you to inform all the relevant government departments when someone dies.
- Use the Tell Us Once service to tell government
- If Tell Us Once is not available in your area tell government yourself
You'll also need to tell banks, utility companies, and landlords or housing associations yourself.
Step 4: Check if you can get bereavement benefits
You might be eligible for financial help.
Check if you can get:
and Deal with your own benefits, pension and taxes
Your tax, benefit claims and pension might change depending on your relationship with the person who died.
and Check if you need to apply to stay in the UK
If your right to live in the UK depends on your relationship with someone who died you might need to apply for a new visa.
Check the rules if:
- you're in the UK as the partner of a British Citizen or someone with indefinite leave to remain
- your partner who died served as a member of HM Forces
Step 5: Deal with their estate
You might have to deal with the will, money and property of the person who's died if you're a close friend or relative, or the executor of the will.