Once the funeral is over there may still be some things you will need to organise. Your Dignity funeral director will call you a few days after the funeral to see if there is anything else we can help you with.
Memorials are a way to remember our loved ones and can range from headstones at a grave to a simple flower in a garden of remembrance. Memorials provide comfort for many people, giving them a place to visit to remember the person who has died. When choosing a memorial it is important that you have time to reflect on your decision and understand the different regulations that may affect your choice.
If you would like further help and advice about memorials, please contact your local Dignity funeral director.
The affairs of the deceased
After the funeral there are a number of practical issues that need to be addressed depending on the personal circumstances of the deceased. Below is a checklist of things that may require your attention.
Notification of death
- Employer of the deceased, if appropriate
- Tax office
- Passport office
- Pension provider
- Social Services – cancellation of services
- Hospital/Doctors/Dentist – cancellation of appointments and return of any equipment
- Voluntary services – meals on wheels, etc.
- Mortgage provider
- Council house tenancy/rent
- Council tax
- Private landlord
- Home and contents insurance provider
- Post Office – redirect mail
- Electricity provider
- Gas provider
- Telephone provider
- TV licence
- Return of any rented household appliances
- Car insurance provider
- Finance provider, if any outstanding payments are due
- Bank account
- Building Society account
- Post Office account
- Credit cards
- Premium bonds
- Hire purchase or rental agreements
- Personal loan provider
- Life insurance provider
- Library books returned
- Cancellation of newspaper or magazine subscriptions or delivery
- Cancellation of club memberships – golf, bowls, etc.
- Cancellation of professional memberships
Change in circumstances
If the financial circumstances of remaining family members or civil partners have now changed, then various benefits or tax rebates may be available. Your local Department of Social Security, Department for Work and Pensions or Citizens Advice Bureau will be able to help.
If there are children in the family that were close to the deceased, you may wish to inform their teacher.
Coping with grief
For many people it is only after the funeral that they feel the full extent of the loss of a loved one. We have a range of helpful leaflets on coming to terms with a death and we can put you in touch with local counselling services and support groups.