What to do when someone dies

Immediate things to consider

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Registering the Death

This is a legal requirement to formally acknowledge the ending of a life.
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Organ donation

Organ donation in England has moved to an "opt out" system, often referred to as "Max and Keira's Law".
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Arranging the Funeral

This will often be the family's main focus in the beginning and most people will want to follow the wishes of the person who has died.
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Tell Us Once Service

This is a service which allows you to report a death to most government departments in one go.
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Securing An Empty Property

Where there is a property, it is important that you take the appropriate steps to secure it.
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Caring for Dependants

If there are any children or elderly relatives who were being cared for by the person who has died, then you will need to ensure that they are taken care of.
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Looking after Pets

If the person who has died had pets, then you may need to arrange for them to be rehomed.
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Coping With your Loss

Grief is a natural and normal response to the death of someone who was very important and significant.