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Who to Tell When Someone Dies?

When a person dies you must tell relevant people and authorities that the death has occurred. It is important that these people are notified within a timely manner to ensure the matter is dealt with efficiently. Our guide below lists the people that need to be notified. Knowing who to tell can save further distress at this difficult time.

Who to Inform?

  • Family doctor
  • The local Registry Office (in the district where the death occurred to register the death)
  • Solicitor of the deceased
  • The funeral director
  • The government via the Tell Us Once service. This will notify HMRC, DWP, Passport Office, DVLA, Local Council, Veterans UK (if applicable), any relevant public sector pension schemes.
  • Family and friends
  • Employer
  • Local support services
  • Deceased banks and building societies
  • Insurance companies
  • Utility companies
  • Arrange mail redirection with Royal Mail

There may be additional people or organisations that you will need to inform that are not listed above. If you need further guidance or are unsure, then please do not hesitate to contact us.

Information You Need

Before you begin to notify people of the death, it is wise to ensure you have all the relevant information to hand. Being prepared can avoid further distress and ensure that the matter is dealt with in an efficient manner. Information you will need to have to hand includes:


  • Full name and address
  • Place and date of their birth
  • Place and date of their death
  • Their National Insurance Number
  • If applicable, please have their organ donor card available
  • Any account numbers and details held with relevant organisations


Contact Richards Funeral Services

If you need further assistance and guidance, please do not hesitate to contact us. Call us on 01685 878 121 during office hours or if you have an emergency please call 07775 853 637. Alternatively, you can email us on admin@richardsfs.com.

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