The First Steps
If the death occurs at home the family doctor should be contacted. In many cases, the certificate will need to be collected from the surgery. If the death is in a hospital or residential home, those in charge will contact a doctor, who will normally certify that a death has taken place and issue a death certificate. If the cause of death is uncertain, it will be reported to the Coroner. It is advisable to contact us without delay. Preliminary arrangements may be made in advance of the registration of the death if required.
Bringing the Deceased into our Care
It is normal to await the attendance of a doctor before arranging for the deceased to be collected by the Funeral Director. Remember you are always welcome to visit the Chapel of Rest.
Registering a Death
All deaths need to be registered by the Registrar of Births, Marriages and Deaths in the district where the death takes place. This should be done by a close relative within five days, unless the Coroner is involved. We can advise you on this. The Registrar will require the Medical Certificate of Death, the deceased’s Medical Card if available, and you will need to make an appointment.
- Full name of the deceased, and maiden name if applicable
- The deceased’s date and place of birth and death
- The deceased’s home address
- If married, the date of birth of a surviving spouse
- The deceased’s former occupation, where relevant
- Name and address of informant
- Informant’s qualification for registering
The registrar will issue a green certificate which we will need as soon as possible to allow the funeral to take place.
There are a number of reasons why a death may have to be referred to the Coroner, including unnatural or sudden deaths, regardless of how these may appear to have come about. Under such circumstances, different registration procedures will be necessary. In part, this will depend on whether there is to be a burial or a cremation, or if the Coroner has requested an inquest. A sudden death and the Coroner’s intervention can naturally be very distressing, a post-mortem examination may well be required to establish cause of death. You will have many question to ask at this time and we are available to answer these questions and keep you well informed at each step.