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Surrey Bereavement Guide

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.

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. This guide 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 the information included in this guide is general guidance only and should not be treated as a complete
and authoritative statement of the law. This publication will be in use from 2017 to 2019 and the information included was correct at the time of going to press.

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