Registering A Death

 Who may go to register?

If the person died in a house or hospital, the death can be registered by:
• A relative
• Someone present at the death
• The person who found the body
• The person in charge of the body
• The person making the arrangements with the funeral director

Deaths occurred anywhere else can be registered by:

• A relative
• Someone present at the death
• The person who found the body
• The person in charge of the body
• The person making the arrangements with the funeral director

Most deaths are registered by a relative. The registrar would normally only allow other people if there are no relatives available.

Stillbirth

A stillbirth normally needs to be registered within 42 days and at the latest within 3 months. In many cases this can be done either at the hospital or at the local register office.

Documents and information you will need.

Documents

When registering a death you will need to take the following:
• Medical Certificate of the cause of Death (signed by a doctor)

And if available:

• Birth certificate
• NHS medical card
• Marriage / civil partnership certificates

Information

You'll need to tell the registrar:
• The person's full name at time of death
• Any names previously used, including maiden surnames
• The persons dare and place of birth (town and county if born in the UK and country if born abroad)
• Their last address
• Their occupation
• The full name, date of birth, and occupation of surviving spouse or civil partner
• Whether they where receiving a state pension or any other state benefit.

Documents you will receive

If a post-mortem is not being held, the registrar will issue you with:
• A certificate for burial or cremation (called the "green form"), giving permission for the body to be buried or for an application for cremation to be made
• A certificate of registration of death (form BD8) issued for social security purposes if the person received a state pension or benefits (please read the form on the back, complete and return it, if it applies)
• A Bereavement Registration Form

If a post-mortem is being held to determine the cause of death and the deceased is to be cremated the Coroner will issue:
• Form Cremation 6 certificate of Coroner.

You'll be able to buy one or more Death Certificates at this time; these will be needed by the executor or administrator when sorting out the personal affairs.

The Registrar will also give you a booklet called "what to do after a death." This offers advice on probate and other administrative issues that will need to be done around this time.

Other things that need to be done.

Not everything can be done straight away, particularly as this is a very difficult time for people to cope with, but it is important to:
• Make sure everyone who needs to know is told
• Arrange to see the deaceased's solicitor and read the will as soon as possible, this will tell you if there are any special funeral requests and who the executors are.
• Start arranging the funeral
• Collect all the information and documents you need