Welcome to the If I Should Die website, where we hope you can find the information you are seeking. Our website was created in 2001 to provide as much independent practical information and support as possible and is non-denominational. It is aimed at everyone, whether they are considering their own death, coping with the death of a loved one, arranging a funeral, thinking about making a will or just needing some comforting words to help write a letter to a bereaved friend or family member.
The death of a family member or close friend is the most shattering and stressful event we will ever have to face. Our own death is something that most of us cannot even bear to contemplate, let alone plan for. Over 600,000 people die every year in the UK, leaving an estimated 1.5 million facing a major bereavement. It is also the one event that each one of us will have to confront and yet very few plan for it, with two thirds of the population not even making a will.
The impact of terrorist attacks around the world and global events such as earthquakes and floods also show that even when we may not know the people involved, we experience symptoms of bereavement and a sense of personal grief for our common humanity.