In the days immediately following a death, close family are often dazed and emotionally drained when there are many practical things to arrange such as reporting the death and the funeral.

Many people offer help at this difficult time. Take up any offers by giving out some of the more practical tasks - you will find friends are very willing to help.

There is often some confusion about what constitutes a death certificate and how you obtain it – this section will explain the differences and tell you why you need these certificates.

This section will give you comprehensive advice on reporting, registering and announcing deaths and a checklist for how to organise a funeral or carry out any pre-planned requests.