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The Coroner of Leicester City and South Leicestershire takes no responsibility for the contents of or advice offered on the sites listed below.

The information has been put into groups for your convenience. Click on the relevant heading to go straight to the group you need.

Help with Bereavement
Money, Benefits and Property
Inquests and the work of the Coroner
General advice

Help with Bereavement

Bereavement Register :The Bereavement Register is a service which aims to reduce the amount of direct mail sent to those who have died by enabling companies to remove details from their lists.
Bereavement Handbook for Leicester This booklet contains a useful checklist and advice on many aspects of bereavement and how to cope.

To locate a Funeral Director in the Leicestershire Area

Should you wish to locate a funeral director in the Leicestershire Area there is a website which you can contact called SAIF( and the NAFD (


Cruse Bereavement Care exists to promote the well-being of bereaved people and to enable anyone bereaved by death to understand their grief and cope with their loss. The organisation provides support and offers information, advice, education and training services.

Charnwood & NW Leics     01530 510909
Leicester Branch               0116 2884119
Melton and Rutland           01664 500802

Central Office: Cruse Bereavement Care, PO Box 800, Richmond, Surrey, TW9 1RG
Administration Tel: 020 8939 9530
Fax: 020 8940 1671
Day by Day Helpline 0844 477 9400
General Email:

Grief Encounter - helping bereaved children

Losing Your Partner

The BBC booklet Losing Your Partner has been written for anyone who has recently suffered the loss of their partner. It is for both men and women, whether married or with a long-term partner, and for both heterosexual and same-sex relationships. It offers guidance on both the practical and the emotional aspects of losing a partner, well as on how family and friends can best offer support at this difficult time.
Download this booklet from the BBC 

Samaritans provides confidential, non-judgemental emotional support, 24 hours a day, for people experiencing feelings of distress or despair.

Leicester Offices
1a Elmfield Avenue,
United Kingdom
Phone: (08457) 90 90 90

Facilities for visitors with disabilities: None
Usual hours open to receive callers: 8.30am - 9.30pm
Telephone 24 hours (national lines): 08457 90 90 90
If it is too difficult to talk then E-Mail the Samaritans
If you prefer to write:

PO Box 9090


Help and advice for survivors of bereavement by Suicide

Sudden Adult Death Trust - Contact Anne Jolly

SADS UK, Suite 6, Churchill House, Horndon Park, Station Road, West Hornden Essex CM13 3XD

This organisation provides information and support for those bereaved by a sudden cardiac death.

When Sudden Death Occurs (Coroners and Inquests) - a leaflet published by the MOJ

Winston's Wish  is an organisation dedicated to helping children cope with the loss of a parent, grandparent, brother or sister or friend.

Help is at hand resources (Suicide):

Support After Suicide website.

Help is at hand (HIAH) can be found on the SAS website

Additional background information on HIAH can be found in the most recent press release.

Help for Young People:

RD4U - the road for you. This is a website designed for young people by young people. (Developed by Cruse)

Help for bereaved children.
Loss of a Child/Teenager: The Child Bereavement Trust  provides help to families and friends.

The Foundation for the Study of Infant Deaths is now known as The Lullaby Trust - provides guidance for parents who lose a very young child. 

Department of Health - Bereavement

Lesbian and Gay Bereavement Project - E-mail -
Counselling Department
Lighthouse West London
111 - 117 Lancaster Road
W11 1QT
Tel: 020 7403 5969 Helpline. Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 7pm - 10.30pm

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Money, Benefits and Property

Several types of payments are available to the bereaved. You may be entitled to a lump sum bereavement payment or an allowance.
Click on the link to find out if you qualify for any of these.

Bereavement Payment Qualification - General advice on these matters is available from the Directgov site


A booklet 'How to obtain probate - Form PA2' forms part of the package provided to applicants when applying for probate and is obtainable from the following telephone number.

Probate Helpline 0845 3020 900

The necessary forms are also available via the Court Service website

Click on 'Forms and Guidance' and use the drop-down menu to locate probate.

Inquests and the work of the Coroner

A guide to Coroners Services can be found and downloaded at

Help and advice on dealing with the Inquest system

Independent legal and advice service to families and friends in the Inquest system

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Donation of Tissue and Organs / Retention of Tissue and Organs

Information on the removal, storage, use and disposal of human bodies, organs and tissue for a number of purposes – such as research, transplantation, and education and training – can be obtained from the Human Tissue Authority.  Answers to frequently asked questions relating to the work of the Coroner can be found on the Coroner FAQ  page on the HTA website.

Human Tissue Authority
Finlaison House
15-17 Furnival Street
Tel 020 7211 3400
Fax 020 7211 3430

Understanding causes of death

This NHS library site will provide a basic understanding of common causes of death. Type the cause of death you want explained into the search box. See Department of Health - Bereavement

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General Advice

There are a large number of organisations serving a wide range of needs.
The Department of Health provides a list of organisations that provide very specific help for specific circumstances such as those who have lost a child from a sudden infant death or diseases such as cancer and leukaemia.

There are also specific organisations that deal with death arising from violent crime (SAMM), suicide, meningitis or war. Information is available in the Department of Health booklet "Help is at Hand".

Organising a Funeral

Advice on how to deal with organising a funeral can be obtained from your local Citizens Advice Bureau,  Minister of Religion or Religious Leader.

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The Coroners' Society of England and Wales

The Coroners' Society of England and Wales
HM Coroner's Court
The Cotton Exchange
Old Hall Street
L3 9UF

Telephone 0151 233 4708

(This number leads to a voicemail facility where messages including your name, phone number and message should be left. The messages will only be interrogated during office hours when jurisdiction duties permit - the society is run by working coroners so please be patient, as our duties to those affected by sudden and unexpected death must come first)

Leicester City Council

The Town Hall, Town Hall Square, Leicester LE1 9BG
Tel: 0116 454 1030  

Ministry of Justice:
Ministry of Justice
102 Petty France
United Kingdom

DX 117000 Selborne House

Telephone: +44 (0) 020 3334 3555
Fax: +44 (0) 20 7210 0647
E-mail a general query to the Ministry of Justice.

General help and advice

The Citizens Advice Bureau can provide advice on many aspects of dealing with a sudden bereavement.

Muslim Burial Council of Leicestershire

394 East Park Road

Leicester.  LE5 5HH

Tel:     0116 2730141 or 07803 240492                Email:


Tell Us Once

Tell Us Once

A YouTube video about the 'Tell Us Once' service that works to report a death to government departments and local councils.

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