Registering a death
Registering a death
Registering a death must be done before arranging the funeral. It is usually done by a relative, but it can also be done by anyone who was present at the death, the owner of the premises where the death occurred, or the person who is responsible for arranging the funeral.
The death needs to be registered at a Registrar’s Office either in the area where it occurred or at a Registrar’s Office of your choice – this is called Registry by Proxy.
The Registrar will need the following information from you about the person who has died:
- Full name and any previous names used
- Date and place of birth
- Date and place of death
- Last address
- If married, full name, date of birth and occupation of the surviving spouse
- If they were in receipt of any state pension or benefits
- Their National Insurance number and that of any surviving husband, wife or civil partner
They will also need the following documents:
- The Medical Certificate of Cause of Death
- The NHS medical card of the person who has died (if available)
- The Birth certificate of the person who has died
- The Marriage or civil partnership certificate of the person who has died (if applicable)
Once the Registrar has the required information and documents, they will issue the following certificates which means you can start arranging the funeral:
Certification for Burial or Cremation – also known as the ‘green form’
This certificate is free of charge and needs to be given to the funeral director as soon as possible as it gives permission for the person who has died to be buried or cremated. If the coroner is involved, this certificate may not be issued but instead a separate certificate sent directly to the funeral director.
Certificate of Registration of Death BD8 – also known as the ‘white form’
This is also free of charge and used where the person who has died was in receipt of any state pensions or benefits. This form is used in all cases and should be sent to the address on the back of the form, along with any relevant pension books.
This is issued as legal proof of the death and is required to settle the affairs and estate of the person who has died. This is the only form that you’ll need to pay for and you might want several copies as it’s needed for a variety of companies such as the bank, pension company, insurer etc. and they will all want an original. You can, however, ask that they return it.
If you would like more information about our registering a death or would like to speak to a member of staff, please don’t hesitate to call us on 01827 713240 or you can send us a message using our contact form and we will contact you as soon as we can. We are here to help and support you.
Our funeral services
We understand that saying goodbye to a loved one is a deeply personal and emotional experience. Our burial services are designed to provide a meaningful and respectful farewell, honouring the life and memories of your cherished family member or friend.
We recognise that every life is unique, and the farewell should reflect the individuality and cherished memories of your loved one. Our cremation services offer a compassionate and respectful way to honour their legacy, providing a sense of closure and comfort during this challenging time.
Throughout the years, we have taken great pride in supplying the highest quality funeral vehicles to our customers, with a wide range of modern and vintage vehicles to select from. We are very proud of our fleet of Jaguar hearses, limousines and vintage Rolls Royce Silver Cloud II hearse.
We offer horse carriages for funerals and memorial services. The carriages are available in a selection of colours including black, white, silver or plume and can be accompanied by either two or four horses. Our impressive horses and carriages are a fitting tribute for your loved ones final journey.
Coffins & Caskets
There is a large selection of coffins & caskets, to suit all budgets and preferences. All of our selection are supplied with a range of satin linings and matching gowns. They are available in a light or dark oak finish and can be dressed with wooden, gold or various coloured bar handles.
When choosing a cremation urn for a loved one, we understand how important it can be to make it as meaningful as possible. If you need help with the process, our team of professionals will be able to guide you and assist you throughout the process, as well as explain all the options that are available to you.
A funeral plan is an easy way to arrange the funeral you want in advance. A plan allows you to specify your wishes and pay for the funeral director’s services included in your plan. As our customers often tell us, that can bring peace of mind to you and your family.
There is a range of funeral packages tailored to the type of ceremony you would like for your loved one. In order to make it unique and special for you. We will provide you with a full estimate for the funeral, including all related third-party costs, before you need to confirm the arrangements.
A memorial is more than just a marker on a grave – it is a symbol of remembrance that represents a lifetime. It is a tribute to a life ended and perhaps a final gift to someone dearly loved. We offer a large selection of headstones at prices to suit all budgets.