Registering a death

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Once the GP or Coroner has sent the Medical Certificate of Cause of Death to the Registrar, you may register the death.

A death must be registered within 5 days with the Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages, unless the death has been referred to a coroner. If the death of your loved one is referred to a coroner, they will advise you as to their procedures and let you know when they are complete.

When registering the death, you will need to provide the following information about the person whose death you are registering:

  • Full name (and previous names)
  • Date and place of birth
  • Occupation
  • Last home address
  • Full name, date of birth and occupation of their surviving spouse or civil partner
  • Any public pensions or allowances (such as a military pension)
  • Medical card (if available)
  • Funeral Director’s email address (so the Registrar can send the Registrars Certificate for Burial or Cremation to the Funeral Director)

The Registrar will give you two documents when you register the death:

  • Registrars Certificate for Burial or Cremation (Green Certificate) – you will need to give this to us to enable the burial or cremation to take place.
  • Certificate of Registration of Death (Death Certificate) – this is a certified copy of the entry in the register. You can pay the registrar for additional copies of the certificate to provide to Banks, Building Societies, Insurance Companies etc.
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Our team has many years’ experience of arranging personal funerals, so if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to call us at our Maldon office on 01621 854293 or Southminster 01621 774557.