We all know the term ‘life admin’. It describes the endless list of things we have to do as adults, but we never quite tick off - from sorting insurance, writing a birthday card, to doing your tax returns…
But what about death admin, ‘deathmin’ or ‘sadmin’?
Even more than life admin, death admin can feel overwhelming and impossible to tackle - it’s often done at a time of heightened emotions and there are still no clear ‘one-size-fits all’ instructions on what needs doing.
There are two kinds of death admin:
Frustratingly, both kinds of death admin don’t have a step-by-step template that you can follow - the admin involved depends on a whole host of different factors, this can make it complicated and overwhelming. This sometimes means we put off our own death admin, or it can add further stress whilst we’re grieving.
We know, from first-hand experience, that this can be a really overwhelming time. We’ve laid out some easy-to-use templates to make this kind of death admin, or ‘sadmin’ quicker, easier and less stressful, so that you can get back to focusing on what’s really important.
What death admin do you have to do when someone dies?
We know that this process can be overwhelming, so we’ve created a list of poems and readings that you can look to for inspiration here.
Anyone who’s lost someone knows that the admin you have to sort out after someone has died adds an extra layer of stress at a time when you need it the least.
That’s why lots of people choose to lay out a clear plan way ahead of time, to make life easier for the people they love when that day eventually comes.
This involves things like:
Sharing your funeral wishes: Laying out your wishes for your funeral, including whether you want to be buried or cremated, and choosing any readings, songs or poems that you might want.
Writing a Last Will and Testament: Have a say in what you want to happen to your estate, property or who you want to look after any children under the age of 18 when you die.
Appointing a Lasting Power of Attorney: Choose someone you trust to make decisions on your behalf if you’re ever not able to - this covers things like your finances and property, as well as your health and welfare.
Sorting Life Insurance: This gives your family or loved ones the gift of financial security in the event of your death, by providing them with a lump sum payment if you were to die or become terminally ill.
Creating a way of sharing your passwords: This makes it easier for your loved ones to close accounts and end monthly payments or contracts.
Creating a plan for your social media accounts: Decide what happens to your accounts when you die - you can appoint friends/family to run them on your behalf or choose to close them down altogether.
Putting aside money for your funeral: The average funeral in the UK costs £4,000. Setting money aside ahead of time avoids those costs falling to your loved ones.
Historically, this has been a pretty hectic process - involving many different parties - solicitors, insurers, funeral directors as well as endless forms. Because of this, people often put off sorting their death admin, because it can feel like a meaty, expensive task that can wait till another day.
After Sam, Guardian Angel’s founder lost his Mum suddenly in 2016 he wanted to change that - he and his family had felt the impact of having no plan in place first-hand, and he wanted to create a solution so other families wouldn’t have to go through the same.
Now getting started with your death admin is pretty simple and can be done in a matter of minutes - no forms, no meetings, at half the cost.
Just take this free 1-minute quiz - you’ll learn what you’ve already ticked off, and what still needs sorting. These tips are always tailored to you and your particular life situation. You’ll leave with a clear list of priorities and the option to tick them all off your death admin to-do list in minutes, with our easy-to-use, online tools, such as our Online Will, Online LPA Forms and Online Life Insurance.