If Death Occurs At Home

Due to the current Covid-19 outbreak, some procedures in relation to care after death of a loved one are different and subject to change regularly.

Medical Certificate of Cause of Death (MCCD)

The GP surgery will organise this. Usually the MCCD is collected in person from the surgery; however the certificates are now being sent electronically by the GP surgery to the Registrar’s office.

Families should ring 01609 780780, to book an appointment to register the death. The process will be explained to the relatives when they make their call to the Registrar’s office at the council.

When do I contact the funeral director?

Most families use the services of a funeral director. You can contact your chosen director at any time.

Registering a Death

Usually an appointment is made to attend the Register Office to register the death, however at the present time this is being done by telephone instead.

The Registrar will issue the legal Death Certificate.

Registrar of Births and Deaths Tel: 01609 780780 

You can find further information here on what to do if somebody you care about has died at home Community bereavement booklet

If The Death Occurs In Hospital

  1. Contact a funeral director to inform him his services are required.
  2. Collect the certificate from the hospital then follow 4 to 5 as above

You can find further information here on what to do if somebody you care about has died at hospital Hospital bereavement booklet

(Note For Cremation – Your funeral director will usually liaise directly with the surgery regarding the additional certification required.)

National and Local information and support

Government website – What to do after someone dies step-by-step-checklist

Coping with bereavement

Just B – Local Support Service