If death occurs at home

1. Telephone the doctors surgery who will advise on the next steps - select the option for the Medical Secretary.

2. Contact a funeral director. There are many to choose from within the local area.

3. The Doctor's Medical Certificate of Death will be sent by the surgery to the Registrar who will contact you to make an appointment to register the death.

4. The Registrar will normally issue a Green coloured certificate for you to give to your funeral director who will look after necessary arrangements for the funeral. The Registrar will also issue a white notification certificate for the DSS. They will also enquire as to the number of Certified Copies you require for dealing with the deceased finances (a fee is payable for each copy).

Please click on the following link for a step-by-step guide of what to do when someone dies. What to do when someone dies: step by step - GOV.UK 

If death occurs in Hospital

1. Contact a funeral director to inform him his services are required.

2. Collect the certificate from the hospital then follow 4 as above.

Note for Cremation

Your funeral director will usually liaise directly with the surgery regarding the additional certification required.


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