There is no right or wrong way to feel when a relative or friend dies. Everyone reacts differently. You may feel shocked, numb or as if everything is unreal. Or you may feel relieved that they are now at peace. You may have known that your relative or friend was dying and been preparing yourself for that. But sometimes a person dies unexpectedly, and this can be a huge shock. You may have many different feelings.
Your relative or friend may have died at home or in a hospital, hospice or care home. If you are alone when your relative or friend dies, it may be helpful to have someone with you soon after the death to support you. This might be a relative, friend, religious adviser or someone from the health or social care team.
It is important to do what feels right for you. Do not feel that you have to do anything straight away or rush to get things done. You can spend some time just sitting with the person who has died.
If your relative or friend is donating their body, organs or body tissues, you should tell a doctor as soon as possible.
Many cultures and religions have ceremonies or rituals that are important when someone dies. A spiritual or religious adviser can help you with these.