The death of a family member or close friend is difficult. In addition to the grief of personal loss, those close to the deceased may also have to make a number of pressing decisions about the affairs of the deceased person. All of this can be stressful on those who are left behind.
Many duties, such as dealing with property of the deceased person, do not have to be dealt with right away. Generally such duties can be handled later, usually by an Executor or Administrator of the estate. Detailed information about managing an estate can be found in our Estates section. However, there may be a number of other decisions to be made, and duties to be carried out, which cannot be delayed. The information in this section is designed to address some of those things that may need to be done in the short-term after someone has died.
Talking about death and dying is difficult. Throughout this section we have tried to provide useful legal information in a straightforward manner, using plain language that is easy to understand. We hope that this approach provides individual users with the information they need to make informed decisions during the difficult period surrounding the death of a loved one.
Planning a funeral, burial or cremation involves ensuring that the proper paperwork is prepared for the required permits.
There are different ways to consent to donate your organs and tissue after death and to ensure that your family understand your wishes.
Ensuring that important documents and possessions are safeguarded can help protect the deceased's estate and make next steps easier.
Understanding who is authorized to make decisions regarding funerals, burials and cremation can help families and friends make final arrangements.