Guidance and support after someone dies

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When someone dies, not only is it a sad and difficult time, but there are lots of things that need to be done. We are here to guide and support you through the various tasks you will have to undertake in the coming days and weeks after a bereavement.
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It is never easy to lose someone who is close to us. However, in the days and weeks after someone close has died, there are many things that will need to be considered and arranged. We understand that navigating through these practical arrangements can be stressful. We are here to guide you through, and help make this difficult time that little bit easier.

What to do after someone close dies

When someone close to us dies, you and other close friends or relatives may be responsible for making practical arrangements for that person now that they are no longer with us. These will include things like:

  • Registering the death and acquiring the death certificate
  • Arranging a funeral or suitable alternative, if desired
  • Closing any accounts belonging to the person who has died

Guidance and support after someone dies

We have produced a helpful, comprehensive booklet that contains all of the guidance you will need in the days and weeks after someone close has died. If you require this information in another format, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

View the leaflet Forward


GriefLine 01279 945089 

If you want to talk, we’re here. GriefLine is a local resource offering emotional support across West Essex and East Herts to anyone struggling with their grief around the loss of someone.

GriefLine operates from 9am – 5pm, Monday to Friday. The number to call is 01279 967670. It is free to call, though charges may apply in line with your standard network rate.

By calling GriefLine, you will have access to a range of supportive services:

  • Talk to a trained volunteer offering emotional support and a listening ear
  • Talk about your grief in a safe and confidential space, with someone who understands what you’re going through
  • Get help accessing other services and local community resources

GriefLine is here for anyone who is struggling with their grief.

It doesn’t matter if your loss was recently or in the past, our trained bereavement volunteers are here to listen. We will give you a non-judgemental space to talk about how you are feeling and offer emotional support.

To find out more about GriefLine, please click here.