What to do when someone dies
The information on this page briefly describes what to do after someone dies and the options available to you. If you would like more detailed information please also visit Arranging a Funeral and Frequently Asked Questions.
Here at Bereavement Services we can provide free and impartial advice on funeral service arrangements. Our staff will be pleased to give you confidential advice and assistance. If they can't help, they will put you in touch with other professionals in a specific field.
If you need more advice after reading the following information please contact 01623 621811 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Reporting a Death
If a death is recorded by a doctor you will be issued with a Medical Certificate and a Formal Notice, which tells you how to get the death registered. You should get the death registered as soon as possible and within 5 days.
If a death is sudden, or the cause of death is uncertain it must be referred to HM Coroner. In all cases the Coroners Office will act as quickly as they can to avoid prolonging the period between death and the funeral. The death cannot be registered until the Registrar gets authority from the Coroner, however there is nothing to prevent families contacting funeral directors and making tentative arrangements for the funeral.
It is also important to establish whether a will has been made, as this may give specific requests about the funeral arrangements.
Finally it is important to remember that the person arranging the funeral becomes the person responsible for paying the bill, which will include various disbursements and the professional charges of the funeral director.
In our area the nearest Registration Offices are:
Please note that an appointment needs to be made before visiting the Registration Office by telephoning 0300 500 80 80.