In Times of Bereavement

If Death Occurs At Home

1. Telephone the doctor who will visit to confirm that death has taken place.

2. Contact a funeral director.

3. Arrange to collect the doctor's Medical Certificate of Death (usually from the surgery but due to Covid 19 all death certificates are emailed to the Regiestrar and a copy can be emailed to the family).

4. 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.

5. 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 Occurs In Hospital

1. Contact a funeral director to inform him his services are required.

2. 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.

Bereavement Support Services


Bereavement support charity

Info, online/phone support –covers bereavement in children & different faith groups.

0845 600 2227





Support for bereaved parents & families following death of a child-regardless of age or cause of death



Info on supporting children when bereaved



Website which brings together different bereavement support organisations – helps find most relevant support agencies



When a child or baby dies (any age) & for children affected by bereavement

352-9995 or 0800 0288840


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