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Normally you will need to Register the Death before the funeral can be carried out.
See the Coroner Page if the Coroner is involved.

Place of Registration

A death must usually be registered in the district where it occurs (Possibly at the home town,
if death occurs away from home) We will provide the necessary address and times of opening.

Information Required at the Registrars

  • Doctor's or Coroner's Cause of Death Certificate.
  • Medical Card or National Health Number.
  • Full Christian names and Surname (and Maiden Surname where applicable).
  • Date of Birth and Place of Birth (Town or District -
  • not the address).
  • Home address and Occupation now or before retirement (and if the deceased was a married woman or a widow, the name and occupation of her husband).
  • If the deceased was married, the date of birth of the surviving widow or widower.
  • What state benefits being received, e.g. pensions, allowances Details and relationship of person registering - proof is not required.

Persons Eligible to Register

Any relative (some registrars prefer the nearest relation).

Any person present at death Matron, Owner, Landlady of Nursing Home or Hotel.


Documents Issued by Registrar

Two special certificates issued free:

  1. For the funeral,
  2. For the D.S.S.

Then chargeable certificates (as many as purchased):-

  1. Proof of the death.

Certifcate for Burial or Cremation (coloured green)

Must be given to us to enable the funeral to proceed.

Certifcate for the D.S.S. (coloured white)

Please complete the back of the certificate and send with pension or benefit books to the local D.S.S. Office.

Copies of Death Certifcate

Additional copies of Full Certificate may be purchased for use by a Solicitor with regard to Probate, or by Banks, Building Societies and Insurance Companies etc. Photostat copies may not be acceptable to some organisations, nor are they obliged to return originals, though they usually do so.