What to Do When Someone Dies Step-by-step information on what to do when someone dies

This guide provides a concise overview of what steps will need to be taken and in what sequence.

The cause of death has to be verified by your loved one’s physician. If the physician is satisfied that the cause of death is clear, a Medical Certificate of Cause of Death will be issued.

In the event that the cause of death is unknown or deemed questionable by the physician, the coroner’s office. If the coroner is involved, you cannot register the death until the coroner has issued supporting documentation. They will issue an interim death certificate so that funeral arrangements can go ahead.

  1. Register the death and Receive the Death Certificate

To register the death, you will have to submit the medical certificate of cause of death to the Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages at a registry office. They’ll ask for your loved one’s details, such as date of birth, address and if they received a pension or benefits. It may be handy to also bring any marriage certificates and your loved one’s NHS medical card, if possible.

After registering the death, you will be issued a Death Certificate and the Certificate for Burial or Cremation. Once released, you can then continue with the funeral arrangements.

  1. Arrange the funeral with a funeral director

Although your loved one cannot have a funeral before the Death Certificate and the Certificate for Burial or Cremation are issued, you can start to make the funeral arrangements at any stage after the death of your loved one.

Your funeral director will be able to talk about any questions or answer any questions you may have about the funeral service.