During the Covid-19 pandemic Cruse Bereavement have produced some practical guides to help patients whom are grieving for someone lost due to coronavirus or during the pandemic.
Please visit the following link: https://www.cruse.org.uk/get-help/coronavirus-dealing-bereavement-and-grief
Please click here for bereavement advice for families affected by Covid-19 (PDF, 85KB)
The NHS choices article on bereavement is useful and gives general advice.
Several organisations and charities that provide specialist advice and support to those that have been bereaved:
There are three things that must be done in the first few days;
- Obtain a medical certificate from your GP /hospital doctor (this is necessary to register the death)
- Register the death within 5 days and at this point you will then receive the necessary documents for the funeral.
- Arrange the necessary funeral arrangements.
If the death has been reported to the coroner they must give permission before registering the death.
You can register the death if you are a relative, a witness to the death, a hospital administrator or the person making the arrangements with the funeral directors.
The ‘Register a Death’ page on the gov.uk website will guide you through the process.
There are many local funeral directors we suggest choosing a funeral director who’s a member of one of the following:
If a funeral director is a member of one of the above organisations they have codes of practice and must give you a price list when asked.
Funeral costs can include:
- funeral director fees
- disbursements’ or ‘third-party costs’ are things the funeral director pays for on your behalf, for example, crematorium or cemetery fees, or a newspaper announcement about the death
- local authority burial or cremation fees
For more help and advice about understanding and coping with grief please use the links below: