Registering a death and arranging a funeral

Registering the death

Contact the doctor (GP) or hospital about obtaining the Medical Certificate of Cause of Death. OR contact the coroner's office to find out when you may be able to register the death.

Telephone the Registrar of Births and Deaths to make an appointment to register the death.

Complete the Notification or Registration of Death (BD8) form that you were given by the Registrar of Deaths. This will inform every department using the National Insurance number of the death, but it is advisable to telephone appropriate pensions, benefits and tax offices as soon as possible to avoid inadvertent over-payment of pensions, benefits and tax credits.

Arranging the funeral

Contact a funeral director to discuss the arrangements you want to make for the funeral and your religious or spiritual adviser, if appropriate. The will may contain specific requests for the funeral, so it is important to check this.

Call us for bereavement advice

Contact us on 0800 634 9494. We're open from 9am to 5pm Mon - Fri. We are closed on bank holidays.

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