When Death Occurs

Procedure - What to do when death occurs

At Home

Contact the doctor and make arrangements for him or her to visit. In the case of an expected death, the doctor will give you a Medical Certificate of Death.

In Hospital

The hospital will give you the Medical Certificate of Death and tell you where registration should take place.

In a Nursing Home, Care Home or Hospice

The home or hospice will contact you and inform you where the Medical Certificate of Death may be collected from.

If death is sudden, suspicious, accidental or unexplained the police should be called, they will arrange for a doctor to attend the scene. The deceased will be taken to the public mortuary where a post mortem examination will normally be carried out.

In any of the above circumstances contact your chosen Funeral Director as soon as possible so that the deceased may be taken to the Chapel of Rest.



By law a death must be registered by the next of kin, a close relative or a friend, either in the district where the deceased lived, or where they died. We can assist you in getting the Registrar's address and making an appointment. Registration requires presentation of the Death Certificate. Sometimes the deceased's Medical Card can also be useful.

You will need to provide the Registrar with the following information concerning the deceased:

  • Place and date of both their birth and death
  • Full name
  • Home address
  • Marital status
  • Occupation
  • Maiden name and spouses full name and occupation, if applicable.

A green certificate for burial or cremation will be issued by the Registrar and you should pass it as soon as possible to the Funeral Director. Copies of the Death Certificate are available from the Registrar for a fee.

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Whickham 0191 4882255 or
Mobile 07850 527100