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 on this page
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 for future contact about the account.
Please let us know by completing our bereavement notification form.
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.
When a person passes away, their death must be registered. In England, Wales and Northern Ireland this needs to be done within 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
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.
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.