Death Registration and Reporting Resources Peterborough

In the unfortunate event of a death of a friend or loved one, registering and reporting the death is a necessary step in notifying others of the death. Below you’ll find related articles as well as local companies and providers that will help you in your search.

The Co-operative Funeralcare
+44 (0) 1733 763366
Fitzwilliam Street
The Co-operative Funeralcare
+44 (0) 1733 426860
Whittlesey Road
The Co-operative Funeralcare
+44 (0) 1733 203573
61 Inhams Road
R J Scholes Funeral Directors
+44 (0) 1780 763092
St. Georges Street
The Co-operative Funeralcare
+44 (0) 1775 723199
St. Johns Road
Watkins & Stafford
+44 (0) 1733 565415
24 Fitzwilliam Street
The Co-operative Funeralcare
+44 (0) 1733 240252
37 Main Street
The Co-operative Funeralcare
+44 (0) 1778 380659
4 Horsegate
The Co-operative Funeralcare
+44 (0) 1354 652208
City Road
The Co-operative Funeralcare
+44 (0) 1778 394687
Wherrys Lane
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Registering a Death

Registering a Death - Information How to Register a Death

Registering a Death | Council, Government & Local Authority

Every death in England and Wales should be registered in the sub-district where the death occurred. Most people know their local Register Office as they may have attended weddings there; they are usually located at the local town hall or county office. Telephone to make an appointment to register the death.

The death must be registered at the Register Office within five days of the death unless the coroner is involved. It is a criminal offence not to register a death.

The death should be registered by one of the following (in order of priority):

  • A relative who was present at the death.
  • A relative present during the person's last illness.
  • A relative living in the district where the death took place.
  • Anyone else present at the death.
  • An owner or occupier of the building where the death took place and who was aware of the death.
  • The person arranging the funeral (but not the funeral director).

You cannot delegate responsibility for registering the death to anyone else.

The following documents must be taken to the register office in order to register the death:

  • The medical certificate of the cause of death
  • The deceased's medical/NHS card
  • The deceased's birth and marriage certificates (if you can get them)

The following information will also be needed:

  • The first name, surname (and former name) of the deceased.
  • Their full postal address at death.
  • Their date of birth, and town and county of birth.
  • Date and place of death.
  • Their occupation.
  • Name and occupation of spouse (or former spouse).
  • Date and place of birth of any surviving spouse

Although the registration is quite formal, the Registrar will assist at each stage of the process.

Once the Registrar has completed the paperwork three documents will be issued.

  1. Certified Copy of an Entry in the Register of Deaths (white form), known as a Death Certificate, this is what you will be asked to produce for companies such as banks to prove someone has died. The cost of one death certificate is about £3-5. Copies are useful but cost extra. If copies are needed in the future then they can be purchased online, via the post or through the original register office.
  2. A Registrars Certificate for Burial or Cremation (sometimes called the Green Certificate). You should give this to the Funeral Director who will then give it to the appropriate people.
  3. A certificate of registration or notification of death needed to claim or cancel benefit or pensions from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).

You can find more information on registering deaths from the Register Office and the Citizens Advice Bureau . You can find comprehensive information on the role of Coroners and inquests at Inquest .

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Reporting a Death Information

Reporting a Death - Information on How to Report a Death

Reporting a Death Information | Medical Certificate of Death How a death is reported will depend on where a person died and the probable cause of death. Reporting a death is usually the responsibility of a person who was with the deceased at the time of death or a medical professional.

A Medical Certificate of Death (sometimes called a Medical Certificate or a Cause of Death Certificate) must be issued before a death can be formally registered. There are two types of certificate commonly associated with death – these are sometimes both called death certificates and this is where confusion arises.

You can see a sample Medical certificate of cause of death here.
  • If the death occurs in hospital, the staff will be very supportive. They will contact the next of kin who will be asked to identify the body and informed if a post mortem is needed. They may also be asked if they know the wishes of the deceased person regarding organ donation and may be asked to consider it if no preference has been expressed.

  • The hospital will provide a Medical Certificate of Death. The body will be kept in the hospital mortuary until an executor arranges for it to be taken.

  • If the person dies at home and the death was expected, then the GP should be contacted to come to the house. If the cause of death is clear then the GP will provide a Medical Certificate of Death. There is no charge for this certificate and this is the certificate that should be handed to the registrar when registering the death .

  • If the person who has died is going to be cremated then a Cremation Certificate is also needed, requiring a second signature from another doctor. A GP can arrange this. The doctor may charge for providing a cremation certificate, a GP normally charges the funeral director who passes the cost to the family or person paying for the funeral. This is usually £5 - £10.

  • If a death is sudden and unexpected then a GP should still be contacted but the police should also be contacted. If there are any suspicious circumstances surrounding the death contact the police immediately and do not touch the body. It is also important that the nearest relative (the next of kin) is informed.
Sometimes a doctor may report a death to the coroner. This happens if the cause of death is unknown or very sudden. The doctor will inform the family if the death is being reported to the coroner. Registering the death and proceeding with the funeral must wait until authorisation is received from the Coroner.
A death must always be reported to a coroner in the following situations:
  • The person's doctor had not seen them in the 14 days before they died or immediately afterwards (28 days in Northern Ireland).
  • A doctor had not looked after, seen or treated the person during their last illness (in other words, death was sudden).
  • The cause of death is unknown or uncertain.
  • The dea...

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