Covid-19: What to do when someone has died

Losing someone to Covid-19 is heart-breaking, but there is also a lot to think about when making arrangements. Here are some resources to help support people in managing the difficult task of losing someone to illness and Covid-19.
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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? 

Further information:  

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. 



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