What do do if somebody dies: the First few days

Within the first Few Days

Within the first few days after someone dies, there are 3 things you must do

  • Get a medical certificate from a GP or hospital doctor. You’ll need this to register the death.
  • Register the death within 5 days. You’ll then get the documents you need for the funeral. (click here for details)
  • Arrange the funeral - you can use a funeral director or arrange it yourself.


You don’t need to deal with the will, money and property straight away.