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Death of a close family member

During the distressing time after someone’s death, there are many practical arrangements to make. Arranging a funeral is among the first things to do. In the first place, the person arranging the funeral will be the one designated  by the decedent. Otherwise, the spouse, the inheritor or another close person  can arrange the funeral. People who were not members of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland can also be buried in a parish cemetery. 

An estate inventory meeting must be organised within three months of the death. The organiser of the estate inventory can be the party of the estate who is currently taking care of the decedent’s property, the administrator of the estate, the executor appointed by the decedent , or another person deemed responsible for organising the estate inventory . 

The inheritors might have to pay  inheritance tax.

When a death occurs

Information on the activities and communication of authorities as well as the obligations of the deceased person's family immediately after a person dies.

Funeral arrangements

How to arrange a funeral. Funeral arrangements can be made by a spouse, a partner the deceased lived with, an heir or another close person or friend.

Estate inventory and inheritance

An estate inventory has to be arranged within 3 months after death. You have to pay tax for property you have inherited or received as a beneficiary.

Support for grieving

There is support available for grieving in many forms. Speaking with others who have gone through the same thing will help in moving forward.

Status of the deceased person's next of kin

The surviving spouse and under-aged children can apply for pension or financial assistance. The Personal Data Act provides protection even for a deceased person.