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Registering a Death

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When someone passes away, the doctor who had been looking after the deceased be it the family GP or a Doctor within a hospital will issue THE MEDICAL CERTIFICATE OF CAUSE OF DEATH ‘Death Certificate’. In England and Wales, a Death must be registered in Five days. The Death must be registered in the town where the Death occurred, although if it’s difficult or impossible to travel the Death can be registered by the declaration in your local registrar’s office, registering by declaration could delay the Funeral service for a few days.

Who can register a Death

  • The occupier or manager of a home in which the deceased resided
  • A relative living in the district where the death occurred
  • A relative or person who was in attendance at the Death
  • The person arranging the funeral
  • A close relative of the deceased

What the Registrar will require from you

  • Marriage certificate and maiden name if the deceased was a married woman
  • The medical certificate of cause of death (Death certificate)
  • The medical card (if available)
  • The birth certificate

What the Registrar will issue you

Copy of the certified entry (Death Certificate) it is advisable to buy more than the one given. You may need these to close bank accounts etc.

Certificate of burial or cremation, which is green in colour and this, is the document we as Funeral directors will need.

Form BD8 which is white in colour and is for the department of work and pensions.

We are here to help and advise every step of the way.

If you would like more information about registering a death or would like to speak to a member of staff, please don’t hesitate to call us on 02476 382124 or you can send us a message using our contact form and we will contact you as soon as we can. We are here to help and support you.

We are here to help and support you.

If you have any questions, you can call our 24-hour service on 02476 382124
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Dear Carly, Richard and all Chauffers

Grateful thanks for all the care and attention that you gave me and my family, whilst arranging and directing the funeral for Mr Watson. Your service, advice and kindness were exceptional. Once again many thanks.

Mrs Watson and Family

Thank you for your care, consideration, compassion and professionalism with the funeral arrangements. A sad day made easier to bear with your support.

Pauline, Jack West & Family

A huge thank you to you all. We felt so lost when our beloved mother past away, but you got us through it smoothly by showing us compassion and comforting us all in a very professional way.

Gaye, Hilary & Shelagh

Thank you so much for your kindness, help and support. After we lost our Mum, you helped us through a very hard time. Your thoughtfulness is very much appreciated.

Nikki, Kerry Lynn & Family

Thank you so much for taking care of both my late mother and ourselves. You guided us through a very difficult time, combining professionalism and a very human touch.

Kerry & Peter Mann

Thank you most sincerely for all the help and guidance that we received throughout the funeral process. Everything went very smoothly along with the lovely contribution and beautiful flowers.

Terry & Jenny Jeffries

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