After someone has died there will be many people and organisations you will need to contact.
When someone dies
When someone dies, the first steps you need to take will depend on how and where they died. See our useful guide to find out more.
Choosing a funeral director
The death of a loved one is one of the most upsetting experiences we have to go through. So, when choosing a good funeral director, what should you be looking out for?
How to register a death
Before you can begin to plan a funeral for your loved one you will need to register the death at the Registrar’s Office. It’s important that this is carried out within 5 days of receiving the medical certificate. Here we will explain how to register a death in Essex.
Probate & the will
When someone dies, you may be given the task of sorting out their property, money and other possessions, to be able to carry out this job you will need to apply for Probate. Before you begin this process you need to find out if there’s a Will as soon as you can, it may contain important instructions such as the deceased’s funeral wishes. The Will also names the executor and any beneficiaries.
Help with funeral costs
Bereavement is, without doubt, a devastating experience that can increase financial strain. If you’re in a position where you can’t afford to pay for a funeral, there are options available and you may be eligible for a Funeral Expenses Payment from the Social Fund.
Who to notify
Having to deal with the affairs of the deceased immediately after their death can be complicated and upsetting, however, sorting out these issues is an essential task that we can guide you through. If you are worried about who to tell when someone has died, our simple checklist will act as a handy guide to help you through the process.
Funeral price options
We are pleased to offer a number of price options, which include Unattended Cremation, Simple Cremation, and the Traditional Funeral package.
Find useful contacts offering both practical and emotional help.
There are many organisations that provide valuable information, resources, and both practical and emotional support to people who have been affected by bereavement.
Some of the contact information listed applies to the UK as a whole, such as government bodies whilst others listed are specifically aimed at people living in the Essex area.
Some organisations listed in Emotional and Bereavement Support will support people that have been affected by a particular type of death.
Should you need to contact an organisation and are unable to do so, or require further assistance please call Bennetts Funeral Directors on 01277 210104
We are here to help.
Registrar contacts and coroners contacts
Bereavement support and emotional services
Forget-Me-Not Support Group
For relatives and parents who have experienced the loss of a baby during or shortly after childbirth.
Tel: 01268 414149
Bereavement Service Helpline
Telephone: 0345 606 0265
Monday to Friday, 8 am to 6 pm
Although this organisation is mainly a professional network their website has a good search facility on its front page to allow you to find support services for children in your local area.
Information and support for anyone affected by cancer whether they have been diagnosed themselves or are a family member, carer or friend.
Winston’s Wish was the first UK childhood bereavement support charity, and have been supporting bereaved children since 1992.
Hope Again is the youth website of Cruse Bereavement Care. It is a safe place, where young people facing grief can share their stories with others.
Support After Suicide
A monthly social support group for anyone who has lost a significant person in their lives.
Contact via Bennetts Funeral Directors 01277 210104
Please ask for Lisa or Martyn.
Find financial support and advice
Contact government organisations
Tell Us Once
A service that lets you report a death to most government organisations in one go.
TELL US ONCE
Driver Vehicle Agency (DVA)
to return any driving licence, cancel car tax or return car registration documents/change ownership
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