What to do when someone dies
A checklist on what to do after a death - how to register the death, notify government departments and manage financial issues.
Covid-19: death certification and cremation
BMA guidance for GPs has been produced to outline the key issues, protocols and principles that should be considered during this time for verification of death, and cremations forms.
Care of the deceased
This guidance has been developed to ensure that:
The bodies of those people who have died as a result of coronavirus (COVID-19) are treated with sensitivity, dignity and respect
People who work in these services and mourners are protected from infection
What do I need to think about when arranging a funeral?
Age UK general guidance. When arranging a funeral, it's certainly worth considering the following before you contact a funeral director:
Who you want to attend, being mindful of those in high-risk groups?
Arranging service sheets as service books are unlikely to be available
Recording the eulogy on a phone or other recording device so those not in attendance can listen or watch at another time
Services may need to be shorter so the venue can be cleaned between services
Organising a celebration of life or memorial for a later date, when it's safe to do so
Social distancing requirements
Whether it's appropriate to have family members bearing the coffin?
The Inter Faith Network on funerals
The website contains guidance from faith communities and community organisations, on funeral rites and practices during the Covid-19 pandemic
Dealing with bereavement and grief
Bereaved people may have to deal with increased trauma during this time and may be cut off from some of their usual support network. Those who are already struggling with bereavement, or whose relatives or friends die through other causes will also be affected.
This UK government leaflet shares important information to help bereaved families, friends or next of kin make important decisions during this national emergency and explains the next steps, answers some of your questions, and guides you to the extra help and support that is available
CRUSE have put together these resources to share how bereavement and grief may be affected by this pandemic.