When someone dies, there are certain steps to take and these depend on the circumstances. A doctor must be notified as soon as possible. If the death occurred in a hospital or nursing home, this will normally be done automatically.
In cases where the cause of death is known, the doctor will complete and sign a cause of death certificate. If the cause of death is unknown or unclear, the coroner may be informed and a post mortem examination may be required. If this is the case, there will be a delay in issuing a death certificate. Should this situation arise, we will help.
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Registering a death
Every death has to be registered in the district in which it occurred. This must be done within five days. Registrar’s offices usually require an appointment and their opening hours do vary between districts. We can provide telephone numbers and opening times of registrars.
One of the following people must register the death:
- A relative of the deceased
- A person present at the death
- A person arranging the funeral (not the undertaker)
- In certain circumstances others can register the death, for example the administrator of an elderly persons’ home
The registrar requires the following information:
- Date and place of death
- Name and surname of the deceased
- Maiden name (if the deceased was a married woman)
- Date and place of birth (ideally a birth certificate is given to the registrar)
- Usual address
- Whether the deceased was in receipt of a pension or allowance from public funds
- The date of birth of the surviving widow/ widower (if the deceased was married)
- The deceased’s medical card (if available)
When the registrar has all the necessary information from you, they will provide you with the following:
- A Green Certificate for the funeral director
- A White Certificate (Bd8) for social security purposes – this must be given to the D.S.S.
- Copies of the Entry of Death Certificate for banks, building societies, insurance companies etc (a small fee is usually payable for these)
At Williams & Lowe, we feel privileged to be making the funeral arrangements for your loved one and offer our professional services to you at all times. We can arrange all aspects of the funeral and our services continue after it too.