What to do first


If the death occurs at home (and once a doctor has given his permission), we will attend as soon as requested and remove the deceased to our premises, the deceased will then remain in one of our Reposing Rooms until the funeral.

If the death occurs in a hospital, the deceased is automatically taken to the hospital mortuary, and must remain there until the family has registered the death and provided us with a Certificate for Burial or Cremation (known as the “Green Form”).


If the death occurs in hospital, the certificate will usually be available for collection from the Bereavement Office. If the death occurs at home, the doctor will usually arrange for the death certificate to be left at his surgery for collection by a member of the family who should then take it to the Registrar whose certificate (Green Form) should then be handed to us.

On some occasions the Coroner may be involved and a slightly different procedure followed. We will advise if this is the case


The death must be registered at the local office of Registration of Births, Deaths and Marriages in the district where the death occurred as soon as possible, usually within five days of the death (unless the Registrar extends the period). If the death has been referred to the Coroner, the procedure is slightly different. We will advise you concerning this.


The Registrar will give you a Certificate for Burial or Cremation unless the Coroner has given you an Order for Burial or a Certificate for Cremation. Whichever form you are given will be needed by the funeral director so that the funeral can be held.

A Certificate of Registration of Death is for Social Security purposes only