Useful advice on where to begin
Whenever somebody dies, the death needs to be registered with the Registrar. In most circumstances, the death should be registered before the actual funeral takes place and may require an appointment to be made in advance.
Deaths are usually registered by a close relative of the deceased. In cases where no relative may be available, registration may be carried out by anybody who was present at the death, the owner of the premises of the death, or the person responsible for arranging the funeral.
N.B. In cases where a death is referred to the coroner, the death cannot be registered until permission is granted by them.
To register a death, the following
information will be required:
- The full name of the deceased (inc. maiden name where necessary).
- Date and place of their death.
- Date and place of their birth.
- Their home address and occupation.
- Information of the surviving spouse (if married).
- Any information regarding pensions or state allowances the deceased was receiving.
The following documents will
also be needed:
- Medical Certificate of Death.
- NHS Medical Card of the deceased (if available).
- Birth Certificate and Marriage Certificate (if applicable) of the deceased.
Once registered, the Registrar should issue a certificate for burial or cremation – commonly referred to as the green form. This certificate is required by us before the funeral can take place. Furthermore, copies of Entry of Death may be needed for financial or legal purposes (i.e. notifying banks, solicitors and/or insurance providers of the death) and the Social Security Certificate.