People to Inform
When a death occurs there are various people that must be informed. It is very important that all the relevant people are informed following the death of a loved one. Initially, the deceased family, registrar and doctor will be advised, however, there is a range of additional entities that also need to be made aware. To prevent future issues, it is best to advise the necessary entities as soon as possible.
It is important that you have the relevant key information to hand when you begin the notification of a death process. It is vital to have the following information available.
- Full name and address
- Place and date of their birth
- Place and date of their death
- Their National Insurance Number
- If applicable, please have their organ donor card available
- Any account numbers and details held with relevant organisations
Who needs to be informed?
As well as immediate registrars, doctors and family members, there are also additional people that need to be informed of a death. The following list is not an exhaustive list of all the organisations that need to be made aware. However, the list complies of many of the majority of organisations that must be informed.
- Any friends or family who have not yet been informed
- Employer and fellow employees if necessary
- The solicitor of the deceased, so the Will can be released
- In-home care assistance and additional local support services
- Inland Revenue
- The deceased banks and building societies
- The deceased insurance companies, whom they had policies with
- Household facility companies, i.e. gas, water, electricity etc.
- Royal Mail in order to redirect the deceased mail
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Frequently Asked Questions
With the list of people you need to inform following a death, it can be difficult to know who you need to notify first.
Depending on the circumstances, the person or organisation will be different.
For instance, if your loved one passed away unexpectedly at home, you would be expected to contact emergency services (police, paramedics) immediately following the discovery of their passing.
Maybe your loved one passed in a care facility. In this case, medical professionals will have already been informed, so you can go ahead with contacting relatives and friends of the deceased.
We understand how troubling this time can be, which is why if ever you’re unsure of anything, we’re here 24/7 to offer our expert guidance and support to make the process that bit easier.
You can reach us on 01278 794 304, whenever you may need us.
Once again, your circumstances will determine when you need to get in touch with a funeral director.
It’s much more straightforward if you were expecting your loved one to pass. If this is the case for you, you can instruct a funeral director once the medical cause of death has been confirmed and you have obtained a death certificate.
However, if your loved one died unexpectedly, coroners will need to get involved. It’s therefore likely to take a little longer to confirm the medical cause of your loved one’s passing, and for their death to be registered.
If you’re ready to begin planning the service, you can go ahead and do this in advance. However, it’s important to be aware that a funeral director won’t be able to help until the death is registered.
Usually, providing the circumstances allow for it, it takes one to two weeks to plan a funeral.
However, there are certain factors that can put the planning process on hold for a while – such as an investigation into the death.
If your loved one took out a pre-paid funeral plan, or wrote down their wishes in their will, planning a funeral can take as little as a few days, as the process will be more straightforward.
Looking for a funeral director to take care of your loved one?
We’re more than happy to help here at Ashley Edwards – get in touch with us when you’re ready, our expert funeral directors are always here to support you.
Here at Ashley Edwards, our funeral directors have many years of experience and are dedicated to helping families through troubling times. We work directly with you to ensure we support you in whatever way you need.
We offer a range of traditional and modern bespoke funeral plans, catering to each and every person that calls upon us. From the first time you contact us, we’ll do everything we can to plan the perfect send-off for your beloved friend or family member.
Whether you have concerns about any aspect of the service, or you’d like someone to talk to after the funeral has taken place – we’re here for you.