Telling Government Organisations and companies about a Death

At some stage you can think about telling the various companies and organisations that need to be informed of a death. It is fine to leave this until after the funeral.

The government run a service called Tell Us Once, which allows you to tell most government organisations (such as HMRC, the National Insurance contributions office and the DVLA) in one go. You can find out more about this when you register the death or see www.gov.uk/tell-us-once.

Here is a list of other companies and organisations that might need to know:

  • Accounts: banks, building societies, the Post Office, Premium Bonds and Co-operative Society.
  • Payments: insurance policies, rental or HR agreements, standing orders, credit cards.
  • Check who is responsible: electricity, gas, telephone, car, car insurance, house insurance, TV licence.
  • Send notification of death: professional associations, local clubs/organisations, family doctor, child’s teacher (if a parent, brother or sister has died).
  • Change of circumstances: If your financial circumstances have altered, then various grants and allowances may be available from the state, such as help towards funeral expenses, rent/council tax rebates, widow’s pension. You local Town Hall or Citizen’s Advice Bureau will be able to help you.

Bereavement support
Many recently bereaved people report feeling isolated in the weeks and months following a funeral. You may be lucky enough to be surrounded with people who encourage you to talk, when you feel like it. Even so, we can sometimes find that we need to talk to someone beyond our immediate circle, whether for emotional or practical support.

Cruse Bereavement Care is a national charity that offers free help and advice to those coming to terms with the death of a loved one. For more information visit www.crusebereavementcare.org.uk or call 0844 477 9400.

Stop unwanted mail
The Deceased Preference Service - www.deceasedpreferenceservice.co.uk - offer a simple service to reduce the amount of direct mail sent to those who have died. We work with the Deceased Preference Service to ensure the names of the deceased are removed from databases and mailing files.

Looking to the future
The death of a loved one often prompts many people to consider whether they have made adequate provision for their family. Writing a Will can ensure that the interests of your loved ones will be taken care of should you pass away.