When someone dies, we are here to help you from the moment you make contact with us.
There are a number of practicalities which need to be taken care of. We understand that it can all be unfamiliar territory and an extremely daunting prospect at a time when you may feel least able to cope.
Obtaining a Medical Certificate
A Medical Certificate of Cause of Death (MCCD) is the first document that you will receive in preparation for registering the death. This document will be issued by the regular GP or by the doctor in attendance at the care home or hospital, if the death occurred there.
In the case of hospitals, the Bereavement Officer will usually be your point of contact and, if you know at this stage that a cremation will take place and let them know, they will often arrange for the doctors to complete the required paperwork.
Who can register a death
Most deaths are registered by an immediate family member. If a family member can’t register the death, it can be registered by one of the following people:
- Someone who was present at the death.
- The person’s executor or other legal representative.
- An owner or occupier of the part of the building where the death took place if they were aware of the death.
- The person arranging the funeral – this person assumes responsibility of ‘the client’
Timescales for registering the death
Please book your appointment online with your local registry office.
Under normal circumstances, deaths in England and Wales must be registered within 5 days.
In response to the Covid19 situation, the Government have legislated to make the following changes to way the Registry Offices will register deaths:
- the Register Office will now register deaths over the phone rather than in person.
Please ensure that you book your appointment online with your local registry office.