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People to inform after a death

There are various people to inform after a death occurs. It is vital that all the relevant people are informed following a death as quickly as possible. Initially the doctor, family, and registrar will be advised, however, there are a whole host of other entities that will need to be advised.

Failing to advise such organisations can pose future problems, so it is best to complete the process as soon as possible.

Information You Need To Hand

It is vitally important that you have all relevant key information to hand before you begin the notification process. Make sure you have the following information available:

  • Full name and address
  • Date and place of birth
  • Date and place of death
  • National Insurance Number
  • Organ donor card, if applicable
  • Account numbers of relevant accounts held with organisations
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Who Needs To Be Informed Of A Death?

In addition to immediate family, doctors and registrars, who needs to be informed of a death? There are many organisations that will need to be advised of a death. These include:

  • Any friends who are yet to be informed
  • Employer, if applicable
  • The solicitor of the deceased, so the Will can be released (if applicable)
  • Local services, such as in-home care assistance and meals on wheels
  • Inland Revenue
  • Bank and Building societies the deceased had accounts with
  • Insurance companies the deceased had policies with
  • Utility companies such as gas, water and electricity suppliers
  • Royal Mail, in order to redirect mail
The checklist is not an exhaustive account of all the organisations that need to be contacted. However, the list includes many of the most important organisations that must be informed of a death.

The deceased may have multiple other accounts and affairs, all of which will need to be notified.


Albert E. Hicks Limited Funeral Directors will be able to advise you on any aspect of what to do when a person dies.  If you are unsure about any detail whatsoever, please mention this at your funeral planning consultation. Alternatively, you can contact us via our contact form or by telephone.

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If you need any further advice or are interested in discussing plans for your loved one, then contact us today.

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