If Death May Sadly Occur At Home
Firstly, telephone the Doctor who will then visit to confirm that death has taken place. During our closed times, please contact the Out of Hours GP on 0300 123 5566.
You should then contact a funeral director and arrange to collect the doctor's Medical Certificate of Death (usually from the surgery).
Take this to the Registrars Office, (together with the deceased's Medical Card and Birth Certificate, if available) for the area in which the death took place. Alternatively you can register by declaration at any convenient Registrars Office but certificates will not be available as these will have to be posted to you a few days later.
The Registrar will normally issue a Green coloured certificate for you to give to your funeral director who will look after necessary arrangements for the funeral. The Registrar will also issue a white notification certificate for the DSS. They will also enquire as to the number of Certified Copies you require for dealing with the deceased finances.
(a fee is payable for each copy).
If The Death May Sadly Occur In Hospital
You should contact a funeral director to inform him his services are required and then collect the certificate from the hospital then follow 4 - 5 as above.
Note For Cremation
Your funeral director will usually liaise directly with the surgery regarding the additional certification required.