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How to Register a Death In The United Kingdom.

Below are details explaining how to register a death.

Registering a Death in the United Kingdom.

In the UK, a death must normally be registered within 5 days in the district in which it has occurred. Where a Coroner is involved, it may not be possible to register the death within the 5 day period, but if you speak to the Coroner's office, they will advise you when you can register a death.


At the Registrar's office:

You should take with you the Medical Certificate that has been issued by the doctor showing the cause of death and you will also need the deceased's Medical Card.


The registrar will require the following information about the deceased to register the death:


  • Full Name
  • Marital Status
  • Date of Birth
  • Place of Birth
  • Occupation
  • Maiden Name (if female and married)
  • Name of Spouse
  • Spouse's Date of Birth
  • Spouse's Occupation


The Registrar will issue a Death Certificate which will be required by the Funeral Director. The Registrar will also provide a Certified Copy of the Entry of Death, which may be required by Solicitors, Insurers, Banks etc


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Contact us for advice, help & information on any topic that we may not have covered within this website, but you require help with. Our aim is to ease your burden when dealing with grief and we aim to either provide you with the information that you require or to point you in the right direction to get the help that you need.

Here are some links to recommended useful websites:

UK Florists Online | Making A Will | Bereavement Advice Centre | Samaritans | Cruse Bereavement Care | More Useful Websites and Organisations

The Funeral Directors Directory can help you to locate funeral directors throughout the UK who can help you to arrange all types of funerals and prepaid funeral plans. The funeral types available can include:

  • Traditional Funeral Services - These services typically include One or more "visitations" where the mourners gather, with the body present to express condolences.
  • Memorial Services to commemorate the life of the deceased without them being present. These are usually following burial or cremation, or if the body has not been recovered (e.g - lost at sea).
  • Combined Traditional and Memorial Services - a visitation and a service with the body present, as well as a memorial service without the body present to commemorate a life.
  • Graveside Services - Sometimes commemorative services are held at the cemetery, either in a chapel or beside the grave, immediately prior to burial.