Registering A Death
Before we are able to proceed with funeral arrangements for your loved one, it is a legal requirement for their death to be registered. If there is no coroner involvement and the death was expected, the doctor will complete the Medical Certificate of Cause of Death. This will need to be collected (either from the GP surgery or hospital) and taken to the registry office, within the sub-district where the death occurred, within five days.
Following this, you will be able to make an appointment to register the death. After registration, you will receive two important documents. The first document will be the Registrar’s Certificate for Burial or Cremation; this is the form we need in order to proceed with funeral arrangements. If your loved one passed away in hospital, we will need this document to be able to convey them into our care. The second document you will receive is the Death Certificate; we advise that you purchase several of these (£11.00 each), as some insurances and banks will only accept original documents.
During your appointment, the registrar will ask you the following:
- The date and place of death.
- Their full name (and maiden name if applicable).
- Their place and date of birth.
- Their occupation.
- Their home address.
- If they were in receipt of any pensions or funds.
- Your full name (as the informant).
- The full name and date of birth of a surviving widow or widower (if applicable).
During your appointment, the registrar will offer the ‘Tell Us Once’ service, which notifies government organisations of the person’s death.
If the death has been reported to the coroner, the time period before you are able to register may be longer, depending on whether a post-mortem or inquest is needed, and different documentation may be required to be able to finalise the funeral arrangements.
*Please note that procedures have changed during the coronavirus pandemic. Under these circumstances, all documents are sent electronically and you do not need to physically collect the relevant forms. All appointments with the registrar are currently via telephone. *