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This section takes you through the arrangements you may have to make when someone dies, and gives information on the support you can get.

What to do first

Information on what will happen in the first few hours and days after a person dies.

Registering a death

A death must be registered in the register office within the district where it occurred within five calendar days.

Arranging a funeral

Most funerals are arranged by the nearest relatives. However, if there are no relatives, anyone close to the person can arrange the funeral instead.

Cemeteries and crematoriums

Lewisham has four cemeteries and one crematorium. Each year an average of 1,500 cremations and 700 burials take place.

Paying for a funeral

The total cost of a funeral will include the costs of burial or cremation, the price of a coffin, fees for the funeral service and the professional services of the funeral director.

Sending a body to another country

If you want to send a dead person's body to another country, contact Bereavement Services on 020 8698 4955.

Support, advice and benefits

When someone dies, you may need emotional support for coping with grief. You may also want practical advice about your finances and benefits.

Post-mortems and exhumations

Information about Lewisham public mortuary, the regional coroner and exhuming a deceased body.