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After the funeral
When the funeral is over there are still a number of things you will need to arrange. Your Footprints funeral director will contact you within a few days of the funeral to find out if there is anything we can help you with.
Memorials represent a way that we can remember our loved ones and range from a headstone for the grave right through to a flower placed in the garden of remembrance.
Memorials can help to provide a comfort for many of us, providing them with a somewhere to go in order that they can remember the person who has passed away. It is important that when choosing a memorial that you give yourself time to reflect on the decision you make. You should also ensure that you are aware of the different regulations that may have some affect on your choice.
Following the funeral you my find that there may be a few administrative issues that need to be dealt with, obviously the list below will depend on the deceased’s personal circumstances.
Checklist of things that may require 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.
In relation to Property
- 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
Relating to vehicles
- Car insurance provider
- Finance provider, if any outstanding payments are due
Deceased’s Personal finances
- 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
In todays technological world it is possible that the deceased had one or more of the following types of accounts.
- Linked in
Hopefully you will be aware of the passwords for these accounts
Change in circumstances
In the event that the remaining family expect a change in their financial circumstances, then it is possible that various benefits or maybe tax rebates are available. The local Department of Social Security, Department for Work and Pensions or Citizens Advice Bureau will be able to help provide the information that you will need.
In the even that there are children in the family that were close to the deceased, there may be some value in informing their teacher/s.
Coping with grief
In the days prior to the funeral life can be hectic, making arrangements ensuring that family have been informed and so much more, so much so that for many it is only following the funeral that the full extent of loss of the loved one is felt. We are able to provide a selection of helpful leaflets about coming to terms with a death and we can always introduce you to local counselling services and / or support groups.