Bereavement and what to do after someone dies

When someone close to you dies it can be a very distressing and difficult time.  However, there will be a number of things you need to do in the first few days of their death.  The person's death needs to be registered within five working days, and other government services, such as the Inland Revenue, need to be informed.

Visit the Camden Council Registration Service webpage on how to register a death.

Coping with loss

Coping with a loss is difficult. We all grieve in different ways and talking to someone, whether they are a friend, family member or a counsellor, can help.  Often, talking to someone who doesn't share the grief you feel can be easier, especially if they have had similar experiences.  Your local faith group, or church may provide someone to listen.  Also,  the Samaritans can provide support.  But if you are feeling ill, or if the sadness continues and you are finding it very hard to cope with, then visit your GP.

You may be eligible for benefits that you weren't previously entitled to or you could be concerned about managing your money, there may be some legal matters you need to take care of.  Visit the relevant pages of the Money and Legal sections of this website for further advice and information.

Below are services you can contact to help deal with loss

Camden City Islington and Westminster Bereavement Service
Free confidential bereavement counselling by trained volunteer counsellors
Tel: 020 7284 0090

Camden Council
Help and advice with arrangements for dealing with a death
Tel: 020 7974 4444

Independent Age
Download a useful booklet called Coping with bereavement or obtain it by calling 0800 319 6789

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