Bereavement Advice


On behalf of Octagon Medical Practice, we wish to convey our deepest sympathy for your recent bereavement and loss. At this very distressing time there are often many decisions and arrangements which need to be made. Please find listed below some useful information and contact details to help you. If you need any further help or support, please do not hesitate to contact us on 01733 270219 or contact your local Octagon Branch.


Registering the Death

You will normally need to register the death within 5 days. A booked appointment with the registrar is usually required, but a death can also be registered by post. To register a death, you will need the Death Certificate and various documents confirming the identity and details of the deceased individual.

Telephone - Please call your local council

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Tell Us Once

A service who will contact all government and local council departments to notify them of a death, for example council offices, libraries, blue badge, electoral service, housing departments, passport office, pension & DVLA

Telephone: 0800 085 7308

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Arranging the Funeral

A burial or cremation can only take place after the death’s registered. There are many things to consider when arranging a funeral. Most people use a funeral director, though you can arrange a funeral yourself.

National Association of Funeral Directors

Telephone: 01937 919 045 or 0121 711 1343

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Offering support to you after the death of someone close

Telephone: 0844 477 9400

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Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide

Offering support to those bereaved by a suicide

Telephone: 0300 636 1967

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Age UK

National charity to support those in later life, including those who have suffered recent bereavement

Telephone: 0300 636 1967

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Citizens Advice

Offer free, independent, confidential and impartial advice to help people resolve bereavement issues

Telephone: 03444 111 444

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A self-help guide for people suffering from bereavement

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You can also download our support leaflet here