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Losing a loved one

Information on registering a death, and bereavement advice

Bereavement advice

Losing a loved one is a difficult time which can be distressing, and unfortunately the administrative procedures which must be followed can feel a burden. 

This page will provide some useful links to external websites with advice and information.

GOV.UK has many links to useful information on what to do after someone dies.

Registering a death

You must register a death within five days unless the coroner is involved. A death should be registered in the registration district where death occurred, which in Norfolk is in any of the nine registration offices in the county.   

If you can't travel, you can go to any registrar in England or Wales to register the death ‘by declaration’, although this will delay the paperwork slightly.

To book an appointment to register a death at any Norfolk Registration Office telephone 0344 8008020 or visit the Norfolk County Council website.

Norfolk County Council also provides practical information on who can register the death, where and when to register the death and what certificates will be issued. For more information please visit the Norfolk County Council website.

Repatriation of a body

If you need information about bringing a deceased person back to England or taking a deceased person from England, you will need to obtain guidance from the GOV.UK death and bereavement pages.

Finding a Funeral Director

Local directories or on-line Yellow Pages are a useful source, as is the GOV.UK arrange a funeral page where you can search for local Funeral Directors.

Legal Advice

GOV.UK death and bereavement pages offer you lots of useful information such as probate, wills, tax and benefits, as well as how to seek financial help.

Stopping unwanted mail to the deceased 

The following are websites who can help with unwanted mail:

In the sad circumstances of the death of a baby, and mailings to parents about baby products, The Baby Mailing Preference Service will help reduce the number of baby-related mailings you receive.

Coping with Bereavement

There are many local and national charities that offer help to families which can be found in local directories or the on-line Yellow Pages.