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Funeral Planning Help & Advice

It’s never too soon to contact a funeral director to ask for help after a death in the family.

We’re not just here to handle the funeral ceremony itself – we can offer advice and guidance at every stage of the process, from reporting the death to saying your final goodbyes.

We hope that this guide will help you to do everything you need to do after losing a loved one. If you have any questions, of if you need our assistance, please don’t hesitate to contact us – we are available 24 hours a day.

What to do in the event of a death

If the deceased is in hospital...
The hospital will give you the address of the Registrar of Births and Deaths once a doctor’s certificate has been issued. If a doctor has referred the death to the coroner, the doctor will advise you on what happens next (e.g. when the examination will take place and whether you need to carry out registration).

If the deceased is in a nursing home...
A doctor or member of staff will contact you and let you know as soon as a death certificate is available. They will also give you the address of the local Registrar of Births and Deaths. You may be asked for permission to contact a funeral director.

If nursing home staff cannot contact the next of kin, they may arrange to transfer the deceased to a local funeral director’s private chapel.

Again, a doctor may refer the death to a coroner, in which case you will be advised of when the examination will take place and whether you need to carry out registration.

If the deceased is at home...
Contact your doctor immediately. They will come to the property to confirm the death. Next, you should contact your local funeral director, who will visit the property and take the deceased to their private chapel. You should wait for the doctor to issue a death certificate before visiting your local Registrar of Births and Deaths.

If no doctor or ambulance service is known/available, you should contact the police instead.

Registering a death

In England and Wales, deaths usually need to be registered within five days. To register a death, you will need to visit your local Registrar of Births and Deaths. You will be at the Register Office for about 30 minutes, and it may be necessary to make an appointment beforehand. It’s usually best to visit the Register Office in the area where the person died. This should ensure that you get the necessary documents promptly. To find the nearest register office, visit www.gov.uk/register-offices.

Who can register a death? *Most deaths are registered by a relative. In some cases, the Register Office will only allow a non-relative to register a death if no relatives are available.

Key documents and information

When registering a death, you will need to present the following documents:You will also be asked to supply the following information:Here are the documents you will receive from the Register Office: Note that, if a post-mortem is required, you may not receive the above documents until after this procedure is carried out. When a post-mortem is necessary, the coroner will supply any necessary documents as soon as possible.

People you may need to inform

As a family-owned, family-operated business, Robert D. Johnson Funeral Directors can provide a truly flexible, personal service for bereaved families. Contact us now for funeral planning help and advice. If you would like us to assist with your loved one’s funeral, please give us a call on 01446 733844 or use our www.gov.uk/register-offices. to get in touch.

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