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Who do you notify after someone dies?

This section has information​ about who is responsible for notifying other people and organisations about the death of a person and who has to be notified. ​

    ​​Who is responsible for registering a death?

    When a person dies in New South Wales, a doctor or the coroner will notify the New South Wales Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages about the death. The funeral director is also required by law to give information about the burial or cremation to the Registry.

    ​Who do you notify?

    The deceased person's executor or 'next of kin' is responsible for notifying people or organisations about the person's death.

    There are no laws or legal rules about who must be notified about a death. However, if you are an executor or next of kin you may notify relatives or friends of the deceased person. Some of the people that may be notified include:

    • the deceased's partner or spouse
    • adult children
    • guardians (or carers) of the deceased person's underage children
    • parents of the deceased
    • other relatives
    • friends

    If you do not know the contact details of family members or relatives of the deceased, you can ask the police or other family members for assistance.

    It is also important to notify the following organisations that the deceased person may have had accounts with or received money from:

    • telephone, gas or electricity companies 
    • government departments 
    • banks 
    • insurance companies 
    • online accounts (for example, email and social media accounts) 

    Icon - checklist Who to notify after someone dies

    You may notify organisations by phone or in writing. Some organisations may request that you send a letter and a copy of the death certificate.

    Icon - sample/instructions Sample letter notifying of death

    After you notify other people and organisations about the death of a person, you will need to start making funeral arrangements. Before making decisions about the funeral arrangements, you can speak to family members of the deceased or check whether the deceased person wrote about their wishes in their will, if they had one.

    For more information on arranging the funeral, see Funerals.

    Reportable deaths

    In some cases, a death must be reported to the coroner for further investigation.

    A death may be reported to the coroner in the following circumstances:

    • when the death was unexpected
    • where the death was violent or unnatural, for example, as a result of a homicide or suicide
    • where the death resulted from an accident or injury
    • where the death occurred during or following a health related procedure
    • if the person had not been attended by a doctor in the last six months
    • when the person cannot be identified
    • if the death happened while the person was in custody of a law enforcement authority
    • if the person was receiving care from a mental health facility.

    The State Coroner in NSW has a duty to investigate and determine a cause of death for reportable deaths which happen in NSW. For more information, go to the State Coroners Court of NSW website.

    The coronial investigation period can delay the process of arranging a funeral. If there is a coronial investigation, the hospital has a responsibility to store the deceased's body in a morgue until the coroner issues an order for burial.

    The body may be released for burial or cremation once an investigation is completed and a cause of death is determined or it may be released before the coronial inquest is complete. Only after the body is released, can the executor or next of kin make funeral arrangements.

    For more information on arranging the funeral, see Funerals.

    The death certificate

    All deaths which occur in NSW are recorded with the NSW Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages (BDM). The funeral director will usually complete the registration of the death with BDM.

    If you are the executor or next of kin and prefer to do the registration yourself, you will need to complete the death registration form at BDM. You will also need to get a copy of death certificate. For more information about registering the death and obtaining a death certificate, see The death certificate. ​

    Case study 

    Case study icon   Case Study - The death of Isabella Rose 

    Isabella's last will was made on 1 November 20XX. Isabella appointed her husband Edwin James Rose and her brother, Rodi De Grasse as the executors of he​​r will. ​
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    Isabella owned a property in joint names with her husband. She also held a joint bank account with her husband. Isabella held a separate investment account in her own name.
     
    Isabella and Edwin did not have any children. ​