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Bereavement Advice and Support

When you are bereaved, registering a death may feel like a daunting task - to help, Directgov provides the information you need.

If you need help coping with a terminal illness, are facing death or have suffered a bereavement, visit Armchair Advice for support.

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Bereavement guidance and support links

When a loved one dies, family and close friends suddenly face questions about what to do. Whom should they inform? How do they register a death? Should it be a burial or a cremation? What are the requirements? Who should conduct the ceremony? How will we arrange it? Where should it be held? All these questions are important at a time when emotional stress is high, it is easy to feel confused and stressed.

The links below may offer some help on who to turn to for guidance, assistance and counselling:

Support groups and counselling

Cruse Bereavement Care

Offers free information and advice to anyone who has been affected by a death. Provides support and counselling, one to one and in groups.

The Child Bereavement Trust (CBT)

CBT is a national charity. It was founded to improve the support offered by professionals to grieving families.

The Compassionate Friends (UK)

The Compassionate Friends (TCF) is an organisation of bereaved parents and their families offering understanding, support and encouragement to others after the death of a child or children. We also offer support, advice and information to other relatives, friends and professionals who are helping the family.

The Miscarriage Association

Miscarriage can be a very distressing, frightening, lonely experience. The Miscarriage Association provides support and information for suffering the effects of pregnancy loss.

Getting help

How to register a death

These web pages give you information about how to register a death which occurs in England or Wales.

What to do after a death in England and Wales

A guide to what you must do and the help you can get. The Department for Works and Pensions website explains further.

Registering a still birth

These pages give you information about how to register a still birth that occurred in England or Wales.

The Bereavement Register

A service specifically designed to remove the names and addresses of people who have died.

Advice on paying for a funeral

The Office for Fair Trading pages provide advice.      

Wills and probate

When a person dies somebody has to deal with their 'estate'  (the money, property and possessions left).

Inheritance tax

Direct.gov.uk provides information about various aspects of Inheritance Tax.