When a loved one dies there are many decisions and arrangements to be made. Unfortunately these often have to be made at a time of personal distress. This section gives you help and guidance about what to do from the moment of a loved one’s death.

You will need to inform a number of people and organisations and complete certain documents needed by law.
If you are a relative or friend you can do some of these things yourself, but others will need to be done by the executor or administrator of the estate.

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Step 1 – Registration

A death must be registered within 5 days of its occurrence unless the coroner is conducting an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the death.

Registration must take place in the district where the death occurred, however if it would cause considerable difficulty for a relative or other informant to come to the Registry Office, information regarding the death may be given at any other Registrars office in England and Wales by declaration and will be sent to the appropriate office by post. Please note this will delay any funeral arrangements. please find the links below for your local registry office.

Hartlepool Registrar | Middlesbrough Registrar

Step 2 – Burial

Most Burial services take place in a local church with the funeral cortege proceeding to a cemetery for a brief grave side service. many cemeteries have their own chapel in which short services can be held before the burial. it is also possible to hold a short grave side service only.

Green Certificate for burial (form 9) from the registry office or order for burial (form 101) if the coroner was involved.

Step 2b – Cremation

If you are planning a Cremation you must get a cremation certificate signed by two doctors. There will be a charge for this which will be included in the bill from your funeral director. The funeral director will arrange these forms for you from a GP or the hospital where the death occurred.

It is helpful if the ward staff know of the intention to cremate to avoid delays as doctors may go off duty, particularly during weekends and bank holidays. once the two doctors have signed the cremation certificate the funeral director will submit the forms to the crematorium.

Green certificate for crematorium (form 9) from the Register office or order form cremation (form E) if the coroner is involved. Medical forms B and C completed by the doctors.