The death of a loved one comes as a great shock to us all and unfortunately most of us will, at some time be confronted with the task of having to make funeral arrangements.

On receipt of the first call, it is our policy to take complete responsibility for all details involved, so that relatives and friends have no more worry than is absolutely necessary at this difficult time.

What to do when someone dies as home

If the death occurs at home, or in a rest home, the doctor must first be notified. He will sign the necessary certificate, and allow the removal of the deceased to take place. Our staff are on call, 24 hours a day, to take care of this duty.

What to do when someone dies in hospital

If the death occurs in hospital, a doctor there will sign the certificate. Please contact us on 01204 302000 and we will make an appointment to see you and make all necessary arrangements. However, if a doctor is unable to issue a certificate, the Coroner will be informed. He may order a post mortem, and an inquest if necessary. His permission is required to carry on with the funeral, although arrangements can be made in preparation.

Registering the death

A death must be registered in the district in which it occurred, normally within 5 days, and before the funeral can take place.

The registrar will need to know the following detail about the person who has past away:

  • Full Name (including middle name)
  • Date and place of death
  • Date and place of birth
  • Occupation
  • Home Address

The registrar will need the following documents:

  • National Insurance (if known)
  • Birth Certificate (or place of birth)
  • The Marriage Certificate (if applicable)
  • Death Certificate

The Registrar will issue a document authorising the burial or cremation, which we require prior to the funeral taking place. Copies of the entry in the register can be purchased for legal and insurance purposes. (i.e. bank's, building societies, post office accounts etc).

Our dedicated staff will be more than happy to discuss the process in greater detail with you and will answer any questions you may have.

So please contact us for further assistance