What to do first
You should start planning the funeral as soon as possible. A funeral can only take place after the death has been registered.
Find out about the rules around funerals during coronavirus.
If the death was sudden or unexplained, you might not be able to make the final funeral arrangements until the Procurator Fiscal has finished their investigation.
Finding out the person's wishes
The will and other relevant papers (like a pre-paid funeral plan to help with the costs of the funeral) could be:
- at home
- in a bank
- with lawyers
- with other relatives
If you do not know the person's wishes, you could ask a friend or other relatives for help and advice. Your funeral director or the person who will lead the service can help with suggestions if there's no one else you can discuss this with.