Register a death

Registering the death will give you the documents you need for the funeral, though we can start making arrangements and giving you advice before that.

Registration in most cases should take place prior to the funeral. A relative of the deceased usually registers the death. If no relative is available then the duty may be performed by any person present at the death, the occupier of the premises where the death took place, or the person who is accepting responsibility for arranging the funeral. It may be necessary to arrange an appointment with the Registrar. 

If you feel you would like support, we can accompany you to the Registrar’s Office.

What does the Registrar need to know?

The Registrar will require the following information about the deceased:

  • The date and place of their death.
  • Their full name
  • The date and place of their birth
  • Their occupation
  • Their home address
  • If married, the date of birth of the surviving spouse

The Registrar will also require the following documents:

  • The Medical Certificate of Cause of Death
  • The Registrar may also require the Birth Certificate and Marriage Certificate (if applicable) if these are readily available

The Registrar may issue a certificate for burial or cremation which is required by us prior to the funeral taking place. Certified copies of the entry of death can be obtained for a small charge – these may be needed for legal or financial purposes.

If the death has been referred to the Coroner, the registration process may vary – we will advise you accordingly.