Before planning the funeral, find out
- Did the deceased have any special wishes regarding her/his funeral?
- Did the deceased want to be buried, for her/his ashes to be buried, or for her/his ashes to be scattered in a memorial grove?
- Find out if the deceased had a White Archive at Fonus specifying her/his funeral wishes
- Find out if the deceased had a Lifearchive with the Swedish Association of Authorised Funeral Homes (Auktoriserade begravningsbyråer) specifying her/his funeral wishes
- Find out if the deceased had planned her/his funeral with a Fenix funeral home
- Find out if there is any funeral insurance
The White Archive at Fonus External link.
The Lifearchive External link.
Make funeral preparations
- Book transport if the funeral is to take place in another town or city
- Draft and order the publication of the obituary
- Choose and book an officiant or priest
- Select a shroud
- Select music for the funeral ceremony
- Select decorations for the funeral ceremony
- Choose and book a venue for a funeral in a church, chapel or other location
- Book an organist or musician for the funeral ceremony
- Invite guests to the funeral and memorial service
- Order food and drink for the memorial service
- Order flowers for the funeral ceremony
- Save receipts for funeral expenses, as documentation for the estate inventory
- If the ashes are to be scattered outside a memorial grove, apply to the County Administrative Board for permission
- Arrange for a burial plot
Inform people about the funeral
- Next of kin
- Friends and acquaintances
- Employers, colleagues, neighbours
- Association members
After the funeral
- Send thank you cards to those who attended the funeral or sent flowers
- Order a headstone
- The estate pays for the funeral.
- Therefore, collect receipts for expenses relating to the funeral
Prior to the estate inventory
- Decide whether you will prepare the estate inventory yourself or hire professional help
- Find out if the deceased had particular wishes about who should handle the estate inventory
- Find out if there is anything recorded in the Lifearchive of the Swedish Association of Authorised Funeral Homes (Auktoriserade begravningsbyråer)
- Find out if there is anything recorded in the White Archive at Fonus
To The Lifearchive External link.
After the estate inventory
- After the estate inventory, carry out the division of property (if the deceased lived with her/his partner and they were not married)
- Once the estate inventory is completed, write an estate distribution document (if there are numerous inheritors)
Send the estate inventory to the Swedish Tax Agency
Once the estate inventory is completed, send the estate inventory to the Swedish Tax Agency (Skatteverket). It must submitted no later than 4 months after the death.
TERMINATE AND CANCEL
Contracts and subscriptions
- Cancel phone subscriptions
- Terminate or transfer contracts for electricity, refuse collection, internet, TV
- Terminate or transfer home insurance and other insurance policies
- Terminate or transfer any leases
- If the deceased had a right of burial, transfer it to a living person
- Membership in organisations
- Book clubs
- Bonus memberships
Social media accounts
- Blogs and personal pages on the internet
- Other social media
Music and movie streaming services
- C More
- SF Anytime
Loans and bank accounts
- Contact the bank to settle or overwrite mortgages
- Contact the bank to close the estate's bank accounts
Proof of ownership and land registrations
- If the deceased had property, change the name on the land registration to another person when you got the estate inventory back from the Swedish Tax Agency (Skatteverket). Apply for a land registration from the Swedish Mapping, Cadastral and Land Registration Authority (Lantmäteriet).
- Change the certificate of ownership of the deceased's vehicle with the Swedish Transport Administration (Transportstyrelsen)
Registration of ownership at Swedish Mapping, Cadastral and Land Registration Authority External link.
Change ownership of vehicle at Swedish Transport Administration External link.
CERTIFICATES AND COMPENSATION
Certificates and powers of attorney
- Order an extract of the Population Register (dödsfallsintyg med släktutredning) with a relatives report via the Tax Information Centre (Skatteupplysningen) at 0771-567 567, or through a funeral home
- Obtain a custody certificate ( vårdnadsintyg) from the funeral home if you intend to receive help from someone who is not included in the relatives report
- Write a power of attorney if a person will be managing the estate and there are numerous parties to the estate
- Find out if you are entitled to financial compensation from group life insurance through the deceased's employer
- Find out if you are entitled to financial compensation from insurance policies
- Find out if you are entitled to a housing benefit or housing supplement from the Swedish Social Insurance Agency (Försäkringskassan). You must apply for these yourself.
- If you are a pensioner, find out if you are entitled to a housing supplement from the Swedish Pensions Agency (Pensionsmyndigheten). You must apply for this yourself.
Find out more about housing supplement
at the Swedish Pensions Agency's website External link, opens in new window.
HOME AND HOUSEHOLD
If the deceased lived alone
- Empty the refrigerator, garbage and mailbox
- Take care of pets
- Lower the heat in the residence
- Prevent burglary by attaching timers to light fixtures (for example)
- Collect spare keys
- Clean and empty out the deceased’s residence
- Contact a broker to sell the deceased's property prior to the distribution of the estate
If additional people reside at the deceased's address
- Contact the landlord to sign a new lease
- Contact insurance companies to terminate or transfer home insurance
Save and sort papers and mail
- Open the mail that comes to the estate
- Collect the estate’s bills, contracts and account statements in a folder or binder
- Block direct mail advertising that arrives in response to the death
Care and aids
- Collect the deceased's belongings from the hospital
- Return aids and alarms
- Submit any leftover medications to a pharmacy
Other things to do
- Move any improperly parked cars
- Shred the deceased's ID card, passport and driver's licence
- Collect laundry from the laundromat or dry cleaner’s and pick up things that had been dropped off for repair
- See to any boats, holiday homes, allotments
Ask others to help you
Do not hesitate to ask for help with what feels difficult and to receive help if you are offered.
There are many practical things you need to do. Take one thing at a time, starting with the most important.