Help and Advice

Our Funeral Directors know how upsetting it can be when a loved one passes away. Whether the death had been anticipated or not, the emotional impact can be incredibly difficult to cope with. We have collated some guidance and advice that we hope will prove helpful throughout this difficult period. 

We hope this will help to prepare you for the funeral planning stage and the funeral service. The team here at Portishead Funeral Directors are here to support you every step of the way.

When a loved one dies

When a loved one passes away, there are various steps that will need to be taken. They include acquiring the death certificate and registering the death within a certain time frame. Knowing who to inform following a death can also help make the process less confusing when the time comes.  

Registering the death

The death must be registered within 5 working days (in England) in the district where the death occurred.  You can only register the death once you are in possession of the Certificate for Burial or Cremation, also known as the ‘Green Form’. Obtaining the certificate could be delayed if a Coroner becomes involved. 

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Battery Point at Portishead in North Somerset, England

Who to inform

It is important that you know who to inform in this event and how to navigate these processes. People and organisations to inform include friends and family, employer, their solicitor, banks, utility companies and government departments such as HMRC and the local council. For governmental departments, you may be able to use the ‘Tell us Once’ service which informs all relevant departments so you do not need to worry about contacting each department separately.

Organising the funeral

When someone passes away, it is essential that the funeral arrangements are taken care of as soon as possible. As soon as we have acquired the certificate for cremation or burial, we can start planning the funeral with you. We understand that this can be upsetting, however our team are fully trained to help you with practical advice and emotional support. 

We have all the experience necessary to make the process simple and manageable. From the floral arrangements through to the fleet of vehicles and the choice of funeral service venue, we can recommend the most appropriate options for your requirements. Moreover, we will ensure that every detail meets your bespoke needs.

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Get in touch for information and support

Feel free to contact us for any information and support you may need.

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