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How to register a death

It is normal practice for a close relative to register a death before the funeral, however if no relative is available then this may be carried out 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 making the funeral arrangements.

Most registrars operate an appointment system and we can assist with this. We can also arrange transport and someone to accompany you if required. 

What the registrar needs to know

  • Date and place of death
  • Full name of deceased
  • Date and place of birth
  • Occupation
  • Home address
  • If the deceased was in receipt of a pension 
  • Or allowance from public funds
  • If applicable , the date of birth of the surviving spouse

The registrar will also require the following documents

  • Medical Certificate of the cause of death (issued by the doctor)
  • Deceased’s National Health Service medical card (if available)
  • Deceased’s birth certificate
  • Deceased’s marriage certificate (if applicable)

The registrar will usually issue a green certificate for burial or cremation, which should be delivered to us as soon as possible following registration. A charge is usually made by the registrar for other certificates or certified copies of the entry in the register, which may be required for legal or financial purposes.

If the Coroner is involved we will be able to give you advice as to the procedure to be followed as this can vary from place to place.   

We are here to help you

Butterfields strive to provide a sympathetic understanding to every situation. We use our expertise and guidance to make the passing of loved family member as painless as possible.

Please use the contact form below to inform us of your requirements and we will contact you at your preferred time, whether that be by phone, email or in person.

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