In the unfortunate event that a person has passed away, there are three things that must be done in the first few days:

  • Get a medical certificate from your GP or hospital doctor (this is necessary to register the death)
  • Register the death within 5 days (8 days in Scotland). You will then receive the necessary documents for the funeral.
  • Make the necessary funeral arrangements.

Learn more about what to do when someone dies

image depicting in times of bereavement


Support Services

  • Cruse
  • Pilgrims Hospice - Some groups are available to anyone living in east Kent who needs bereavement support, even if their loved one was not a patient of the hospice.
  • Sue Ryder - Online Bereavement Support making it easy to connect with the right support for you - whether that's information and resources, qualified counsellors or a community of others with similar experiences. These services are free and easy to access on your computer, smartphone or tablet.