When someone dies, there are some things you have to do by law.
Report the death
Tell the person’s doctor, if they don’t already know. If the death is sudden or unexpected, contact the police.
You should also choose and contact a funeral director, if you want to use one.
Get a medical certificate showing the cause of death
This must be signed by a doctor. If the coroner is involved, they will tell you what to do.
Register the death
You usually need to formally register a death within five days. You’ll need to make an appointment, which will be conducted over the telephone. The signed medical certificate showing the cause of death will be sent by the doctors to the Register Office. You can call our contact centre on 01925 443322 to arrange an appointment. If the death is COVID-19 related, please call 01925 442194.