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What to do after a death

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. 

Death registration appointment

You will need to make an appointment to register a death.

Bereavement guide and support

Our Bereavement guide offers 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. The guide is available at the time of registration or you can view a copy of the Bereavement guide online.

The Bereavement support webpage lists organisations that offer help and advice to those who are dealing with bereavement.

The Funeral

After registering the death one of the first things that you will need to do is organise the funeral.

Probate

You may have to apply for probate to manage the deceased's estate (money, property and possessions).

Corresponding with organisations 

When you manage the affairs of someone who has died, you may need to correspond with a lot of organisations.

  • Our 'Letting organisations know' checklist contains information about the usual organisations and departments that need to be informed following a person's death. Whilst the list is not exhaustive, we hope that we have included the most likely services.
  • Our Tell Us Once service will assist you with notifying many of the departments and services on our list so you will not need to contact them again. You will be registered for this service at you appointment by our Registrar.

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