What To Do in the Event of a Death

When a death occurs, whether it is in a hospital, care home or at home a doctor must be notified as soon as possible; in hospitals and many care homes, this will be done automatically. If the cause of death is clear, the doctor will complete and sign a cause of death certificate. If the cause of death is unknown, the Coroner may be informed. If as a result of this, a post mortem examination is required, the issuing of a death certificate may be delayed. We will help should this situation arise.

Every death has to be registered and should be registered in the district in which the death took place. This must be done

within 5 days of the death taking place ( It is 5 working days, but only applies from the date the death certificate is received by the registrar ). The opening hours of the Registrar’s offices vary and most of them operate an appointment system.


Register Office Phone Numbers :


Who can register the death ?

  • A relative of the deceased

  • A person present at the death

  • A person arranging the funeral (not the undertaker)

If you are uncertain please contact us for advice. The majority of deaths are registered by a relative of the deceased. The Registrar would normally allow one or the other listed persons to register the death only if there were no relatives available.


The Registrar will require to know -

  • Date and place of death

  • The person's full name plus any other names that the person used eg Maiden Name

  • Date and place of birth ( a birth certificate may be required )

  • Name, address and occupation of a surviving or late spouse or civil partner

  • If the deceased was getting a state pension or allowance from public funds

  • If the deceased was married, the date of birth of the surviving widow or widower


The Registrar will give you the following:-

  1. A Green Certificate for the Funeral Director

  2. Certificate form (8D8) for Social Security purposes. This needs to be handed to the D.W.P.

  3. Copies of Death Certificate (a small fee is payable for these) usually between £8 - £12 these certificates are used for Banks, Building Societies, Insurance etc