In most cases, registering a death should take place prior to the funeral, and is carried out by a relative. If no relative is available then the duty may be performed by any person present at the death, the occupier of the premises where the death took place, or the person who is accepting responsibility for arranging the funeral. It may be necessary to arrange an appointment with the Registrar.
What does the Registrar need to know?
The Registrar will require the following information about the deceased:
- Date and place of death
- Full name
- Date and place of birth
- Home address
- If they were in receipt of a pension or allowance from public funds
- If applicable, the date of birth of the surviving spouse
The Registrar will also require the following documents:
- Medical Certificate of Cause of Death
- Deceased′s National Health Service medical card (if available)
- Deceased′s Birth Certificate
- Deceased′s Marriage Certificate (if applicable)
The Registrar may issue a green certificate for burial or cremation (a white certificate of registration for a death in Scotland), which is required by us prior to the funeral. Certified copies of the entry of death can be obtained for a small charge - these may be needed for legal or financial purposes.
NB. If the death has been referred to the coroner, the registration process may vary - we will advise you accordingly.