The following would be useful to get done as soon as you can manage it:
- Send the certificate for social security benefits (Form BD8) to the Department for Work and Pensions so that they can deal with the pension and/or benefits of the deceased.
- Contact the local tax office to inform them of the death.
- Contact the local authority in connection with your Council Tax, any Housing or Council Tax benefit or any support you receive(d) from social services.
- Contact any relevant insurance companies, pension providers, banks and building societies.
- Contact the executors of the Will if there is one or, if there is no Will, decide who will apply for letters of administration.
- If the person you cared for had any NHS equipment on loan, e.g. crutches, wheelchair or medical equipment, you will need to arrange for this to be returned. Your GP or local health trust will be able to tell you how to do this.
Hillingdon Carers have a full fact sheet that details all the legal processes involved in wrapping up someone’s affairs. Call the office for your free copy.
There are several organisations that offer counselling after bereavement
Lansdowne House St.Peters Way Harlington UB3 5AB 020 8759 0453
We offer a one to one counselling service for those experiencing bereavement, a life limiting illness or those caring for someone with a life limiting illness. The service also offers support through groups.
Dovetail Bereavement Support Group
Dovetail Community Outreach, Hillingdon Baptist Church, 25 Hercies Road, Hillingdon UB10 9LS 07503 772428
If you have been affected by bereavement in any way, you are welcome to join us for a coffee and chat to others with similar experiences. We are also able to provide 1-1 support on various days and times in the week, for further information phone 07503 772428