Bereavement support

 

Dealing with practical and financial matters can be hard when dealing with grief. We are here to help you throughout.

Supporting you

Losing a loved one or someone important to you can be overwhelming. Dealing with financial affairs is never easy and can be difficult when experiencing grief. We're here to support you and hope the information on this page will make things a little easier.

 

What's in this article

 

> Letting us know

 

> Registering a death and notifying others

 

> Other bereavement topics

 

> Bereavement support groups

 

Letting us know

Our team is ready to guide you through the practical next steps according to your needs. We'll ask for appropriate details about the deceased and yourself or future contact about the account.

 

Please call the team on 0330 099 3000.

 

Phillips & Cohen Associates are our specialist bereavement partner. They are specialists in working with bereaved relatives to help finalise customers accounts when they pass away. Phillips & Cohen will be in touch if the account has a balance of more than £50.

 

Need to contact Phillips & Cohen? Phillips & Cohen contact information.

 

Register a death and notifying others

When a person passes away, their death must be registered. In England, Wales and Northern Ireland this needs to be done withing 5 days. In Scotland you have 8 days.

 

You can find your nearest register office online at www.gov.uk/register-a-death. Here you can find information about local restrictions and how to make an appointment.

 

Tell Us Once - Government Service

 

Tell Us Once is a service that lets you report a death to most government organisations in one go. This includes:

  • HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC)
  • Department of Work and Pensions (DWP)
  • Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) and others

To us this service visit at www.gov.uk/after-a-death/organisations-you-need-to-contact-and-tell-us-once

 

Other bereavement topics

Planning a funeral and things to consider

 

Once the death has been registered, you can arrange a funeral. Before you make any arrangements check if the deceased had a pre-paid funeral plan or life insurance.

 

Visit the government guide on what to consider when planning planning a funeral www.gov.uk/after-a-death/arrange-the-funeral.

 

Check if you can get bereavement benefits

 

You might be eligible for financial help. Check if you can get Bereavement Support Payment if your spouse or civil partner had died.

 

Bereavement support groups

You might also find these support group useful:

 

Cruse - Home Cruse Bereavement Support

Cruse Bereavement Support helps people through one of the most painful times in life with bereavement support, information and campaigning.

 

Macmillan Cancer Support - Coping with bereavement - Macmillan Cancer Support

If you partner, relative or friend has died, you may find it hard to cope with your emotions and the practical things you have to do.

 

Mind - What is bereavement?

Mind provides information on bereavement, where to go for support, and suggestions for helping yourself and others through grief.

 

Samaritans - What we do

A completely confidential service that offer listening and support to people and communities in times of need.