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You are probably reading this guide because someone close to you has died recently. The death of someone close to you, whether it was expected or sudden, can be an extremely difficult time, and you will experience many different emotions. Help is available.

What to do when someone dies

When someone dies it can be a very emotional time and this can make it hard to know what practical things you need to do next.

You may wish to book an appointment with the bereavement service at the hospital. Tel: 01983 534615 between the hours of 09.00 – 15.30 to arrange a mutually convenient appointment time.

A guide to the practical matters you may need to do

Registering a death

A death should be registered within five days but registration can be delayed for another nine days if the registrar is told that a medical certificate has been issued. If the death has been reported to the coroner you cannot register it until the coroner’s investigations are finished.

It is a criminal offence not to register a death.

You will need to make an appointment and register the death with the Registrar

Registrars Services, Seaclose Offices Fairlee Road, Newport, PO30 2QS

Phone: 01983 823233
Opening Times: Monday – Thursday 8.30am – 5.00pm (except for the last Wednesday of every month when office opens at 10.00 am)
Friday 8.30am – 4.30pm
Appointments 9.00am – 4.30pm.

Practical Support

Practical issues you may need to consider

Emotional Support

Although bereavement is a highly personal and often distressing event, many people go through a range of recognisable reactions and emotions when someone they are close to dies.

Sometimes people are shocked and upset by their changing and powerful emotions when they are bereaved. Realising that these feelings are quite normal may help.

Support and Advice is available here: