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What to do after a death

This advice applies to Scotland

This information applies to Scotland only.

Coronavirus – registering a death and attending funerals

Check your local council website for details about registering a death. You might be able to do this by email or phone. Find your local council on  

Cremations, burials and funeral services can go ahead in Scotland. There are no limits on the number of people who can go. 

You must wear a face covering indoors, unless exempt. Find out more in the Scottish government's face covering guidance

'What to do after a death in Scotland' gives practical advice at a time of bereavement. It's available on the Scottish Government website as web pages or a downloadable PDF booklet.

Booklet date: 11th edition revised March 2017
Booklet size: 80 pages

Organ donation

Please note that the information in this guide about organ donation after death is no longer correct. There is now an 'opt out' system of organ donation. Find out more on the Organ Donation Scotland website.

Tell Us Once

Your local authority may be part of a service called Tell Us Once. The service allows you to report the death of someone just once and a number of government departments are all then informed of the death. The UK government departments that are informed of the death include DVLA, the Passport Service, the Pension Service and HM Revenue and Customs. Check if your local authority provides this for you. You can find out more about Tell Us Once on the UK government website.

Bereavement support and advice

You can find a useful list of bereavement support and advice services in Scotland on the Scottish Government website.

Paper copies of What to do after a death in Scotland booklet:

Contact the Scottish Government Central Enquiry Unit who will pass your enquiry to the appropriate area. 
Tel: 0300 244 4000 (Monday to Friday 8.30am to 5pm
Text Relay Service: 18001+ 0300 244 4000 (service for the hard of hearing)
British Sign Language (BSL) user contact via national BSL video relay service Contact Scotland-BSL

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