REGISTERING THE DEATH

When someone dies, one of the first things you will need to do is register the death. A copy of the death certificate and other documents are required for the cremation to take place.

When someone dies, one of the first things you will need to do is register the death. A copy of the death certificate and other documents are required for the cremation to take place.

How to register the death

England and Wales

When someone dies in England or Wales the death needs to be registered within five days at the register office for the district in which it happened. You can go to a different office if it is more convenient, but the process will take a day or two longer because the Registrar will need to forward your information to the original district where the Registrar will issue and send out the death certificate and other paperwork. You can obtain the address of the local Register Office or Registrar, by visiting The General Register Office

Scotland

Changes to legislation in May 2015 mean there are new arrangements for the certification and registration of deaths in Scotland. This included the establishment of an independent review service run by Healthcare Improvement Scotland. Information on all aspects of the Death Certification Review Service is available on the Healthcare Improvement Scotland website.

Any death which occurs in Scotland must be registered within eight days by the Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages. The law allows a death to be registered in any registration district in Scotland. You can obtain the address of the local Registrar by visiting the Directory of Registrars in Scotland.

The Registrar will ask for certain details including:

  • the deceased’s birth certificate and marriage certificate (if available);
  • the medical certificate;
  • the deceased’s NHS medical card;
  • any documents relating to the receipt of a pension allowance from government funds (Scotland only).

The Registrar will then register the death, issue the death certificate and provide the necessary documents for the Simplicity Cremation to proceed.

The Next of Kin will also need these documents if they have to deal with social security or pension claims, insurance policies, savings accounts or Premium Bonds and also for the Will.

You can buy extra death certificates – these will be needed for the Will and any claims to pensions, savings, etc. It’s best to pay for several copies, as copies required at a later date maybe more expensive. Ordinary photocopies aren’t accepted by some organisations, such as banks or life insurance companies.

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