What do I do next?
Contact the deceased’s GP’s surgery, a GP will come and verify the death. A community nurse may also be able to verify the death.
You may then contact a funeral director of your choice to take into their care.
If there is no coroner involvement – Please see below, your GP will issue a medical certificate of cause of death, which you can collect from the surgery you will need to take with you when you go to register the death.
If there is no coroner involvement – please see below a GP or a qualified member of staff will verify the death.
They will then contact us, the Funeral Director to take the deceased into our care.
The medical certificate of cause of death will be issued by the GP and they will let you know when it is complete and where to collect from.
If there isn’t any coroner involvement, the bereavement office will be able to tell you how the medical certificate of cause of death will be issued. When the certificate is ready, they will make an appointment with you, so you can go along and collect it. Each hospital requires certain paperwork to be completed before we are permitted to bring the deceased into our care. We will always advise you.
If the death occured in an area away from the home, the local GP/Hospital/Coroner will attend to the required paperwork. The registering of the death must be carried out within the district where the death occurred. If the deceased is to be returned home for the funeral to take place, we will organise transportation and all necessary arrangements. This also applies if the death occurred abroad.
In certain circumstances, the medical certificate of cause of death cannot be issued by the Hospital or GP. The death will be reported to the Coroner.
The Coroner may decide that the death was natural and allow a doctor to issue the medical certificate of cause of death.
If not, the coroner may decide a post mortem examination is needed to determine the cause of the death.
The Death will be reported to the Coroner if:
- The cause of Death is unknown.
- The Deceased was not attended by a doctor during their final illness.
- Death was sudden or unexplained.
- The Doctor treating the Deceased had not seem them in the 14 day’s prior to the death or after death.
- Death occurred during an operation or before the person came out of anaesthetic.
- The death was caused by an Industrial injury or disease
- Death was violent, unnatural or occurred under suspicious circumstances.
- The death occured as a result of violence, neglect, abortion or any kind of poisoning.
If the post mortem examination shows that death was due to natural causes, the coroner will send the necessary paperwork directly to the register office.
If the Coroner decides to hold an inquest, the death cannot be registered until after the inquest has been completed. They will, however, issue with an interim death certificate that will be accepted by most banks and building societies.
The Coroner will also issue the Funeral Director with the necessary forms for the funeral to take place.
Once the Coroner has made one of the above decisions, they will inform you and advise you of the next steps.
When the Coroner is satisfied that no further examinations are required, they will give permission for us to take the deceased into our care.
The death myst be registered in the district register office where the death occured.
They use an appointment system, you can arrange this by telephone. This below lists who can register a death:
- A relative of the Deceased present at the death
- A person present at the death
- A relative of the deceased in attendance during the last illness
- A relative of the deceased residing or being in the sub-district where the death occurred
- A person present at the death
- The person responsible for the Funeral Arrangements (However not the Funeral Director)
- The occupier of the premises where the death occurred
This includes the medical certificate of the cause of death. If the death was reported to the Coroner, this will have been sent directly to the registrar.
Registrars will also require the following information:
- The date and place of death
- The Deceased’s last address
- The Deceased’s full name and surname
- The Deceased’s date and place of birth
- The Deceased’s occupation or last occupation
- The full name, date of birth and occupation of their Spouse or Civil Partner
- Whether the Deceased was receiving Pension or any other benefits
- A Certificate of Burial or Cremation (Green Form) this should be given to the Funeral Director as soon as possible
- A Certificate of Registration of Death (Form BD8)
- This may need to be send to the social security office if the Deceased was receiving state pension or benefits
- The Death Certificate
- This is a copy of the entry in the death registrar, you may need more than one copy for the will, insurance policies, banks and private pension schemes. These are available at a cost.
- Stockport: 0161 217 6007
- Manchester: 0161 234 5005
- Macclesfield: 0300 123 5019
- Tameside: 0161 342 5032
- Liverpool: 0151 233 3004
- St Helens: 0174 454 6789
- Trafford: 0161 912 3025