Bereavement at Christmas

It’s a sad truth that people pass away over Christmas; not only are family and friends dealing with their grief at this difficult time but you may also be worried about making practical arrangements during this period.

For some people, dealing with grief means working through the practical steps. We’ve listed a few things of these below and how they may be impacted by Christmas closures:

  • You would usually need to register a death within 5 days of it occurring which can feel stressful with bank holidays and closures. It’s usually necessary to register the death at the register office local to where the deceased lived. Here, you can find the details of local register offices and their opening times. You will probably be asked to make a telephone appointment instead of attending in person.
  • Most funeral directors offer a 24hr, 365 days a year service. Phone numbers will be published on their websites and they will be able to give up to date advice regarding current procedures in your area.
  • You may find it useful to look for a Will in their home or in paperwork they may have passed to you or other family members for safekeeping. Finding this will help when it comes to applying for Probate and for checking to see if there are any specific funeral wishes have been expressed.

If you’re named as the Executor in the Will, you may find our ‘What to do when someone dies‘ Guide useful to read.

We will be closed from 23rd December, reopening on Monday 4th January at which point we’ll be available to assist you with probate enquiries. We can help you with the legal aspects of being an Executor, or simply what to do when someone passes away. If you need urgent assistance from us before 4th January, please complete our contact form, taking care to include a phone number and we will call you back as soon as we can.


The content of this article is correct as at the date of posting and is for information purposes only. Whilst we try and ensure it is accurate we do not warrant or guarantee that this is the case, nor do we accept any responsibility in the event that it is relied on. The information is not intended to be a substitute for legal advice which you are recommended to obtain.

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