Help and Advice

Here at Friendship & Sons Funeral Directors, we offer help and advice to families in Dulverton and Barnstaple. If a loved one has passed away and you are not sure what to do next, then our friendly team can assist you every step of the way. It is important to receive practical advice when a person dies, as this ensures you are fully prepared. From knowing who to inform to dealing with grief, we are here to help. We are available 24 hours a day for advice, as we want to make this process as easy as we can for you.

To get in touch with us for more information on our services, visit our contact page today.

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Who To Inform

One of the first things you will need to know is who to inform after your loved one passes away. It is vital that all the relevant people are informed as quickly as possible. Initially this will involve a doctor, the family and a registrar, however there will be more people to consider. They include:

  • Any friends who need to be told.
  • Their employer.
  • Their solicitor, so the Will can be released if applicable.
  • Services like in-home care assistance and meals on wheels.
  • Inland Revenue.
  • Any bank and building societies the deceased had accounts with.
  • Insurance companies the deceased had policies with.
  • Facilities such as gas, water and electricity suppliers.
  • Royal Mail in order to redirect their mail.

There may be other organisations to inform, and we can assist you in notifying the relevant people.

Grieving

Grieving is a natural part of losing a loved one. Whether they died suddenly, or you were prepared, grief and the emotions that follow are difficult for everyone to deal with. These emotions include feeling numb, tired, sadness and often guilt. Furthermore, it is also important to remember that everyone deals with loss in their own way. For some, it helps to see their loved one as this provides closure, whereas others prefer to remember them from recent memories of when they were alive. The funeral service can also help you move through the grieving period as this is the final farewell and a celebration of their life.

We can help you through this difficult time. In addition, if after the funeral you are still struggling with your loss, we can advise you on bereavement counselling in our local area.

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Get in Touch with Friendship & Sons Funeral Directors

For our help and advice in Chard, Dulverton and Barnstaple, do not hesitate to contact us.