If The Death Occurs At Home Or A Nursing Home
If your loved ones passing was expected you will need to contact the Doctor who
attended during their final illness. If the passing occurred at the nursing home the
staff will contact the Doctor. If the Doctor can certify the cause of death he or she
may write out the Medical Certificate when they visit the home or they may request
you to attend the surgery for this purpose. You will also be given a formal notice
which states that the doctor has signed the medical certificate and tells you how to
register the death.
When The Death Occurs In Hospital
When your loved one passes away in hospital the procedure is very similar. The
hospital will advise if it is possible for the Doctor to issue the medical certificate and
when this will be available for collection at the Bereavement Office. If the Doctor is
unable to issue a certificate the death will be reported to the HM Coroner.
In cases where your loved ones passing has been reported to the coroner the
procedure is somewhat different. The Coroner is working in your interest. No doctor
will issue a Medical Certificate. This will be sent by the Coroner to the Registrar’s
Office in the district where the death occurred, after contact has been made with the
Our services to you start when you contact us, whether by telephone or calling
personally; and extend often way beyond the day of the funeral.
On initial contact we will ask for preliminary details, whereupon if your loved one has
passed away at home or in a private nursing home we will arrange to bring your
loved one into our care.
We would then ask, at a time and place to suit the family, for the funeral director to
call and arrange the funeral to a standard and procedure that meets the needs and
requirements to those concerned.
How To Register A Death
Who Can Register?
- Close relative of the Deceased
- Relative in attendance during last illness
- A person present at the death
- Medical Certificate of Death
- Medical Card if available or
- Birth Certificate and information regarding date of birth
Information Required To Register
- Date and Place of Death
- Full Name of Deceased (Maiden Name if applicable)
- Date and Place of Birth
- Occupation and Home Address
- If married, full name and occupation of surviving spouse