What to do if someone dies

If you’re trying to cope with the loss of a loved one, a friend, a colleague or someone in your community we hope that you are getting the support you need to help you through this difficult time. As well as talking about your feelings, there are lots of really useful resources to help you so you don’t have to go through it without a helping hand.

At a Loss is a UK charity helping the bereaved find support. You can find information and talk to a specialist bereavement counsellor on the website.

Grief Encounter support bereaved children and young people. They have a helpline and live chat on their website.

Cruse Bereavement Care have information about dealing with bereavement and grief during the coronavirus outbreak.

Marie Curie’s Talk About website has lots of good reads about dealing with death and dying.

How to register a death

When someone dies, their death needs to be registered. This is usually done by a relative.

If someone dies outside hospital

The Government has issued guidance about how a person’s body should be handled if they die outside of a hospital with confirmed or suspected COVID-19. It includes information about what to do if someone dies at home or a care home and guidelines about funerals.


Cemeteries and crematoria may have made changes to the way they operate due to Coronavirus but services will continue to be delivered to the highest standard possible. Cemeteries and Crematoria in North Somerset are managed by Dignity.

Find out more about cemeteries and funerals in North Somerset.

You can get a payment to help with a low cost funeral if you have a low income or receive certain benefits.