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When a loved one passes away
It is natural for us to be unsure of what we should do in the aftermath of bereavement. We can take you through the preliminary steps and provide the advice you will need on other things you may need to think about when someone you know dies.
Registering the death
In the vast majority of cases you will be required to register the death within five days and it is best that you visit the registry office that is located in the area in which the person died. This helps to avoid delays in obtaining the necessary documents. The people detailed below are able to register a death:
- Any relative of the person who has passed away
- Any person that was present at the death
- An individual who lives in the house where the person died
- The person who is arranging the funeral, (but not the funeral director.)
In order to register the death you will need to have a simple interview with the registrar at the registry office. You will need to provide the registrar with the following information:
- Full name of the person who has died
- The full address of the person who has died
- The date of birth of the deceased
- The details of when and where the person died
- The occupation of the deceased (if any).
In the event that the deceased is a married woman, you will need to provide her maiden name and her husband’s full name and occupation.
Documents and certification
You will need to give the registrar:
- Certificate of Cause of Death (signed by a doctor).
Where applicable you should also bring the documents detailed below:
- Birth Certificate
- Marriage / Civil Partnership Certificates
- NHS Medical Card.
At the registry office the registrar will issue you with the following:
- A Certificate for Burial or Cremation also known as a ‘green form’, you should give this to your funeral director as soon as possible
- A Certificate of Registration of Death, you should complete this form and send to the Social Security office for the area in which the person died.
In the event that you need them, you can purchase copies of the Death Certificate (also known as the Entry of Death form) from the registrar for a small fee, which generally varies from area to area. It is possible that you will need copies for official purposes for example closing bank accounts or pension schemes.
What to do if the coroner is involved?
In some circumstances the death has to be reported by the doctor, hospital or registrar to the coroner (England and Wales) or procurator fiscal (Scotland).
This means that there will be a post mortem or inquest into the death and it is possible that you may have to postpone your funeral plans.
In this eventuality there will be no Cause of Death Certificate and the death will be registered once the coroner has made a decision. The length of time that this takes will differ.
What Footprints Funeral Directors do
Once you have entrusted with the deceased, we will take care of them with every respect and with professionalism. Your loved one will be taken from their place of death to our specialist funeral parlor prior to being transported to a local funeral home. You may prefer that your loved one is rested at home or in the church where the service will take, if this is allowed.
If required we can provide an embalming service. The process of embalming delays the usual processes that take place after death and while not essential we feel that it can be an important consideration should you want to visit the person whilst they are in the chapel of rest. We always wash and dress those in our care and some people prefer to provide us with items such as a favourite outfit.
Footprints Funeral Directors will carry out all your wishes with care and respect but, in the event you would like to help us look after your loved one, please let us know.
Spending time with the deceased
There are some of us that find it helps if they can spend time with the person who has passed away and you may like to bring a small gift or maybe a photograph to put in the coffin. Whilst others may find it distressing to see someone that they loved who is now dead. This is a very personal choice and we are here to talk this through with you.
Telling others about the death
It is common for people to put an announcement in the local or even a national newspaper to inform people of the death and the details of when the funeral will take place. We are able to assist with the drafting and submitting an announcement in a newspaper.
You may, after the funeral place a ‘thank you’ message in a newspaper in order to thank those who attended the funeral and for those who sent either donations or flowers. We can keep copies of the newspaper entries for you and if requested we can laminate them to protect them.