At a difficult time, registering your loved ones passing can seem confusing but we are here to guide you through the process. All deaths are required by law to be registered in the district where death occurs. As soon as possible, you will need to telephone the registrar to make an appointment to see them. This helps you to avoid unnecessary delays and ensures that you attend the correct registrars’ office.
You can begin the funeral arrangements before registering a death. We will be happy to guide you through each stage of registration.
If someone dies in hospital and a post mortem is not required, you will be issued with a medical certificate cause of death and instructed to collect this from the bereavement office. You will need this to complete the registration.
If the person has died at home and the death was expected, their doctors surgery will issue the medical certificate cause of death, you then take this to your appointment at the registrar’s office.
In the case of a sudden death or if a post mortem is required the coroner will instruct you on registration. If there is to be an inquest a temporary interim certificate will be issued. Funeral arrangements can still be made and the funeral can still go ahead even if there is an inquest.