In Times of Bereavement
The death of a loved one can be a huge shock which can turn your world upside down and we know that many of our patients need additional support and information to help them cope at this time. If you are struggling mentally or physically due to bereavement then there are many avenues of help, including seeking advice or support from us, your GP practice
There is no ‘one-size fits all’ approach to bereavement and you may be experiencing thoughts and feelings that are difficult to process and which make it hard to cope with daily life. Help is available from a variety of sources including national charities and specialist support groups.
If you want more information about bereavement support, both nationally and this area, then you may find the following advice and websites a useful starting point.
Please do seek help, either from us or through specialist counselling services or support groups as soon as possible. Please don’t suffer in silence.
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.
Register the death
If the death has been reported to the coroner (or Procurator Fiscal in Scotland) they must give permission before registering the death.
You can register the death if you are a relative, a witness to the death, a hospital administrator or the person making the arrangements with the funeral directors.
You can use the ‘Register a Death’ page on the gov.uk website that will guide you through the process. This will also explain the registration process for Scotland and Northern Ireland.
Arrange the funeral
The funeral can usually only take place after the death is registered. Most people use a funeral director, though you can arrange a funeral yourself.
Choose a funeral director who’s a member of one of the following:
- National Association of Funeral Directors
- National Federation of Funeral Directors
- Society of Allied and Independent Funeral Directors
These organisations have codes of practice - they must give you a price list when asked.
Arranging the funeral yourself
Contact the Cemeteries and Crematorium Department of your local council to arrange a funeral yourself.
Funeral costs can include:
- funeral director fees
- things the funeral director pays for on your behalf (called ‘disbursements’ or ‘third-party costs’), for example, crematorium or cemetery fees, or a newspaper announcement about the death
- local authority burial or cremation fees
Funeral directors may list all these costs in their quotes.
For free independent advice on bereavement issues, you can find more information at lastingpost.com.
- CRUSE Stamford and Bourne Branch
- LCGL Counselling Services
- St Barnabas Hospice
- SANDs – Peterborough & Stamford
- Sue Ryder - Thorpe Hall Hospice
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- Shingles Advice
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