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This week is Dying Matters Awareness Week (11-17 May) which focusses on a range of issues around death, dying and bereavement. Death is still something we Brits are uncomfortable talking about, and often, if someone close to us dies, we don’t know what to do, and trying to work it out while grieving can be hugely overwhelming.

 So, to mark Dying Matters Awareness Week, SunLife has launched a brand-new guide called What to do when someone dies. The free guide has been created to help those who have been recently bereaved work out what needs to be done first and what follows next, with tips and checklists along the way to make what is a very challenging time just a little easier.

 Ian Atkinson, marketing director at SunLife said: “Losing someone we love is upsetting and often traumatic, and that is hard enough to deal with, but then when you realise how much practical work there is to do it can become even more overwhelming. We have created this guide to help people through the actions they need to take at a time when it’s hard to think of anything other than the person you’ve lost.”

 What to do when someone diesoffers a step by step guide on:

 What to do straight after the death
 How to register the death
 How to tell people
 How to arrange the funeral, which includes help and advice about funeral costs (according to SunLife’s Cost of Dying report, the average funeral now costs £4,417) and links to SunLife’s own funeral planning guide
 What you need to do to settle the estate

 It also includes downloadable checklists and useful links as well as practical advice, support and links to other organisations that can offer further help and advice.

 Ian concludes said: “We all respond to death differently, but there are certain things we all have to do on a practical level. However, if you have never had to deal with death before, it can be hard to know where to begin. We hope this guide will help those who have been bereaved, but also, that it might help start a conversation about death and get people to start talking about these types of issues with friends and family and making practical, financial and emotional plans so that when the time comes, we are all a little bit more prepared.”

 Access Sunlife’s free guide here

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