A Guide to What to Do When a Loved One Dies

When a loved one passes away, it can be a profoundly emotional and challenging time. At SC & BS Cocks, we understand the weight of these moments and are here to offer guidance and support. Below, we provide a step-by-step guide to help you navigate the immediate and necessary tasks following the death of a loved one.

Immediate Steps

  1. Notify a Doctor:
    • If your loved one passes away at home, you will need to contact a doctor. The doctor will certify the death and issue a Medical Certificate of Cause of Death (MCCD).
    • If the death occurs in a hospital or care home, the staff will handle this for you.
  2. Register the Death:
    • You must register the death within five days. This can be done at the local registry office, where you will need to provide the MCCD and some personal details about the deceased.
    • You will receive a Death Certificate and can request additional copies, which may be needed for financial and legal matters.

Arranging the Funeral

  1. Contact SC & BS Cocks:
    • We can assist you in planning and organising the funeral. Our compassionate team will guide you through the options and help tailor a service that honours your loved one’s wishes and respects your family’s traditions.
  2. Choose the Type of Service:
    • Decide whether you want a burial or cremation, and consider the type of service that reflects your loved one’s life and values. We offer a range of services, from traditional ceremonies to more personalised memorials.
  3. Inform Family and Friends:
    • Notify close family and friends about the passing. You may also wish to place an obituary in local newspapers or online to inform the wider community.
  4. Arrange the Service Details:
    • Select a date, time, and location for the funeral service. Choose readings, music, and any other elements that will make the service meaningful.
    • Our team can help you with practical details, such as ordering flowers, arranging transportation, and preparing the order of service.

Handling Legal and Financial Matters

  1. Notify Relevant Organisations:
    • Inform banks, insurance companies, pension providers, and other relevant organisations of the death. Each organisation will have its own procedures for closing accounts or transferring benefits.
  2. Handle the Will and Estate:
    • If your loved one left a will, contact the executor to begin the probate process. This involves validating the will and distributing the estate according to their wishes.
    • If there is no will, the estate will be distributed according to intestacy laws. You may need legal advice to navigate this process.

Support and Grief

  1. Seek Support:
    • Grieving is a personal and often difficult journey. Seek support from family, friends, or professional counsellors. Our team can also recommend local support groups and resources.
  2. Take Care of Yourself:
    • Remember to look after your own well-being. Grief can be exhausting, and it’s
    • important to give yourself time to rest and heal.

Why Choose SC & BS Cocks?

At SC & BS Cocks, we pride ourselves on offering compassionate and personalised services. As a family-run funeral directors, we understand the importance of family during these times and are committed to supporting you every step of the way.

Our experienced team is here to listen, advise, and take care of the details, so you can focus on remembering and honouring your loved one. We are dedicated to providing a respectful and meaningful farewell that reflects the life and legacy of your loved one.

For more information or to speak with one of our caring team members, please contact us at 01452 617892 or visit our website