Navigating Through Grief: Who to Notify After the Loss of a Loved One

Amidst the grief, the responsibility of notifying relevant parties about the death can feel overwhelming. Fortunately, the team at Great Lakes Funerals in Forster is here to guide you through this process, making the burden of administrative tasks a little bit lighter.

Upon the passing of a loved one, several individuals and organisations need to be notified. This typically includes immediate family and close friends. Still, the list extends to a wider circle encompassing employers, colleagues, clubs, or social groups that the deceased was a part of.

Beyond personal networks, various governmental and non-governmental organisations need to be informed. This includes social security offices, insurance companies, banks, credit card companies, utilities, and health providers. If the deceased was receiving any pensions or benefits, these organisations would need to know about the death to stop payments and possibly initiate survivor benefits.

Managing these notifications can be complex and emotionally taxing. However, to ease this burden, the Australian government has introduced an invaluable initiative. This service, the Australian Death Notification Service, allows you to notify multiple organisations at once of a loved one’s passing.

You can access this free government initiative at This centralised service is designed to simplify the process, providing an empathetic approach to a difficult task. By filling out an online form, you can notify various organisations in one go, reducing the stress of individually contacting each entity. It’s a convenient and thoughtful way of handling an otherwise time-consuming task during an emotionally challenging period.

At Great Lakes Funerals, we understand that the days following a loss can feel like an emotional whirlwind. Our compassionate team is here to assist and guide you through these necessary tasks, providing a supportive presence every step of the way.

As part of our service, we can also help you identify who should be notified and advise on the best course of action. We can assist with drafting obituaries or announcements, coordinating with the Australian Death Notification Service, and providing guidance on any follow-up actions that may be required.

The journey of grief is deeply personal and unique to every individual. However, it’s important to remember that you’re not alone in navigating these responsibilities. Our team at Great Lakes Funerals is committed to providing an environment of understanding, compassion, and guidance during these challenging times.

To summarise, the notification process after the loss of a loved one involves both personal and formal notifications, extending from family and friends to government bodies and financial institutions. By utilising services like the Australian Death Notification Service, the burden of this task can be significantly eased, allowing you more space and time to grieve and remember your loved one.

We invite you to reach out to us for any assistance or questions regarding this process. We are here to guide, support, and stand with you during this journey, ensuring you never have to walk this path alone.

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