Step 1: Get a medical certificate
When someone dies at home, a GP should be called but if this is not possible then call 111 and ask for an ambulance. A medical form will be issued by a doctor that will confirm the death. If the person who has passed away is to be cremated, another doctor will need to separately certify the death and provide a second medical death certificate. If a doctor is unsure about how the person died, or the death is unexpected or suspicious, a coroner may be contacted so that a post-mortem can be carried out.
Step 2: Register the death
You can use the UK Government website to begin to register a death. You will need to do this within 5 days (or within 8 days for Scotland). In most cases you will need to be a relative of the deceased or someone with recognised authority over the proceedings. You can go to any register office but if you use the one in the area where the person has died you’ll be given the documents you’ll need on the day. If you use a different register office, the documents will be sent to the office in the area where the person has died before they are issued to you.
Take the following documents of the deceased:
- birth certificate
- marriage or civil partnership certificate
- NHS medical card
The registrar will need to know:
- the person’s full name
- maiden name (if applicable)
- their date of birth
- their place of birth
- their last address
- their occupation
- the full name, date of birth and occupation of their spouse
- if they were receiving a state pension or benefits
To let banks and building societies know about the death of a loved one, a new Death Notification Service has been launched to take the strain off.
Step 3: Let Simplicity Cremations do their bit
If you choose to have a direct cremation, then our local team will collect your loved one and carry out a simple funeral with compassion and respect. One of our professional staff will help you to complete all of the necessary paperwork, making sure everything is taken care of for you.
Why choose Simplicity?
We offer only the highest standards of care and you can depend on us to give your loved one the respectful and dignified farewell that they deserve, whilst giving you the freedom to choose what you do after we have done our part. Please call our team at any time on 0800 484 0260 to talk about arranging a Simplicity Cremation.