It is common for people to be uncertain of how to proceed immediately after bereavement. It is unfortunate that there are so many decisions and preparations that have to be made at such a time of distress, but some of them can be arranged by a close relative, friend, or funeral director.
Before arranging for the funeral, you need a medical certificate from a hospital doctor or GP, so you can then register the death within 5 days – 8 in Scotland. Here are some of the other initial steps you should think about after the death of a loved one.
In most of the UK, you are required to register any death within 5 days. It is recommended that you do this at the register office within the area where the person died, to evade delays in getting the necessary documents. Any of the following parties can register a death;
The registration process usually involves a small interview with the register, where you provide certain information about the departed, including:
In addition to providing the registrar with the details listed above, you should also take the following documents to the interview:
If the registration process is successful, the registrar will issue you with:
1. A Certificate of Registration of Death – it should be filled in and delivered to the social security office for the region where the individual died
2. A Certificate for Cremation or Burial (green certificate) – should be given to the funeral director if you are using one
You should consider buying copies of the Death Certificate (Entry of Death form) from the registrar for a small fee, since you will need them for official purposes, such as closing pension schemes and bank accounts.
In some situations, the death must be reported by the hospital or doctor or registrar to the coroner or procurator in Scotland (usually when the survivors are unhappy about the cause of death). This implies that there will be an investigation, inquest, or post mortem, the funeral service may be delayed, and there will be no Cause of Death. The death can only be registered once the coroner has made a decision. A death is usually reported to the coroner if:
Once you have the Certificate of Death, you can entrust the deceased loved one to a funeral home, where the body will receive care with professionalism. You can then discuss any requests with the funeral directors, such as planning a funeral ceremony, in preparation for the burial or cremation.
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Requirements before Planning for the Funeral It is common for people to be uncertain of how to proceed immediately after bereavement. It is unfortunate that there are so many decisions and preparations that have to be made at such a time of distress, but some of them can be arranged by a close relative, friend, […]