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When someone dies, there are many decisions and arrangements to be made. Unfortunately these decisions and arrangements are required at a time of great personal distress and sadness.

Coping with bereavement is something that we will all experience at some point in our lives. Different people react in very different ways and it is common to feel a whole variety of emotions, which can be unnerving and at times overwhelming. Nothing can really prepare you for when you lose someone close to you and it is important to remember that you should allow yourself time to react to grief in the way that is best for you.

We are trying to find ways in which we can help ease this time with reducing paperwork to local councils. If you would like us to inform local and central government departments of the death, please use our 'Tell Us Once' service.

The Surrey Registration Service realises the difficulties you face at this time and we endeavour to provide a sympathetic, helpful and considerate service to you. Our information is intended to offer you help and guidance about some of the things that you need to do from the moment a bereavement occurs, as well as providing details of groups and contacts that may assist you over the next few days and weeks.

Please note that these pages give general guidance only and should not be treated as a complete and authoritative statement of the law.

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  • Updated: 24 Apr 2013
  • Jenny Holland
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