What to do after a death
This information applies to Scotland only.
Coronavirus – registering a death and attending funerals
Check your local council website for information about how deaths are being registered in your area. Find your local council on mygov.scot.
Cremations and funerals
Cremations, burials and funeral services can take place. Funeral directors and crematoriums will take extra steps to stop the spread of coronavirus and protect you and their staff.
The government advises that no more than 20 people should attend a funeral. You can ask the funeral director how many people can safely attend the service.
From 14 September, the government advises that up to 20 people can attend a wake if it's being held in a regulated venue like a hotel.
Different households should stay two metres apart at funerals and wakes.
There's guidance for funeral services on the Scottish government website. The funeral director will explain what this means for you.
Some of the rules around arranging a cremation have been relaxed. For example, another relative can arrange the cremation if the closest relative isn't able to. The crematorium or funeral director can explain what to do.
More bereavement advice and support
Get more resources and support for bereavement from the Good Grief Trust.
PETAL Support offers free counselling for people over 12 years old who have experienced bereavement due to COVID-19.
PETAL Support (Scotland)
8 Barrack Street
Tel: 01698 324502 (Monday to Thursday from 9.00am to 5.00pm; Friday from 9.00am to 4.00pm)
Scottish Government guide
'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
The Scottish Government
Tel: 0131 244 3581
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.