First Steps To Take When Arranging A Funeral

What to do When a Death Occurs

Following a bereavement there are a lot of things to do and many people to contact. The procedure depends on the circumstances surrounding the loss of a loved one, and on the next few pages we will try to cover the usual situations in which you may find yourself. However the best person to ask would be your Funeral Director who will have had experience of many different cases and should have the expertise to help and advise you. Simply call us on 01246 232820 and we can help.
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Types of Funerals

Many people leave clear instructions to their family as to what form the funeral should take. We are pleased to talk to you about the different procedures required for your chosen way. There are many more forms required for a cremation.

About three quarters of funerals carried out are cremation and one quarter burial. You can choose to have a stone on the grave after a burial or arrange with the crematorium for a plaque or other form of memorialisation. We are pleased to help you and advise you at the time or afterwards.

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Registering A Death

One of the few things the Funeral Director is not permitted do for you, is the registration of the death. So here is some advice for those registering a death. If you are in any doubt, please call us for advice:

The registration should be carried out by one of the following people:

  • A relative, usually the closest one.
  • Someone who was present at the death.
  • Someone who is instructing the funeral director.
  • In certain circumstances another person may qualify as an informant but this is a very rare occurrence. If you think that this may be the case then you should contact the Register Office for further advice.

When you attend to register the death, the Registrar will need to see the following documents:

  • A ‘Medical Certificate of Cause of Death’ (as issued by the doctor who certified the death).
  • If the doctor has had to inform the Coroner about the death, the Coroner may need to issue another certificate and in that case, the Registrar will need the Coroner’s document in order to register the death.
  • The deceased’s N.H.S. medical card (if available).
  • Any pension book, certificate or document relating to any pension or benefits that the deceased was receiving from public funds.
  • It is also useful if you have the deceased’s passport, birth certificate and (if applicable) marriage certificate to hand but these documents are not essential provided you are able to give the Registrar the correct information.
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  • In addition the registrar will need to know the following information:
  • The date and place of death.
  • The deceased’s last (usual) address.
  • The deceased’s full names and surnames (and the maiden surname where appropriate).
  • The deceased’s date and place of birth (town and county if born in the United Kingdom, and country if born abroad).
  • The deceased’s occupation and the name and occupation of their spouse, and of previous spouses (if appropriate).
  • Whether the deceased was receiving a pension or allowance from public funds.
  • If the deceased was married, the date of birth of the surviving widow or widower.
  • Other statistical information (some of which you are required by law to give).
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We find that the best way to inform people of the arrangements is to place a notice in the Local Newspaper or, if required, in one of the National Papers.

We are pleased to help you with wording and assist you as much as you wish with the insertion.