Death at home
It is best to inform the local doctor as soon as possible. A death certificate may be issued at the surgery for you to collect or they may issue one when they attend to you.
Death in hospital
The hospital staff will have arranged for the completion of the Death Certificate by one of the attending doctors. If you want a cremation to take place, then either inform the hospital, or us, so that an additional form (the cremation form B, C and F) can be completed.
If the deceased has not been seen by his/her doctor within 14 days prior to death or the death is sudden then it is required to be reported to the coroner. The doctor may inform the coroner on your behalf. The coroner's role is to establish the cause of death by post-mortem. Once the cause of death has been ascertained, the deceased will be released, allowing the funeral to proceed. After this, we'll be able to tell you when the death can be registered.
Please note that if a coroner's inquest is needed (death thought to occur due to unnatural causes), this can take some additional time. We will also be able to advise you on this.