In Times of Bereavement

We are very sorry for your loss if someone close to you has recently passed away. We understand that it is a very difficult time but help is available. If you contact the practice, we will try to provide you with support.

There are three things that must be done in the first few days:

  • Get a medical certificate from your GP or hospital doctor (this is necessary to register the death).
  • Register the death within 5 days. You will then receive the necessary documents for the funeral.
  • Make the necessary funeral arrangements.

Register the Death

If the death has been reported to the coroner, they must give permission before registering the death.

You can register the death if you are a relative, a witness to the death, a hospital administrator or the person making the arrangements with the funeral directors.

You can find more information on that will guide you through the process.

Arrange the Funeral

The funeral can usually only take place after the death is registered. Most people use a funeral director, however you can arrange a funeral yourself.

Funeral Directors

It is recommended that you choose a funeral director who is a member of one of the following:

These organisations have codes of practice – they must give you a price list when asked.

Some local councils run their own British Humanist Association can also help with non-religious funerals.

Arranging the Funeral Yourself

Contact the cemeteries and crematorium department of your local council to arrange a funeral yourself.

Funeral Costs

Funeral costs can include:

  • Funeral director fees.
  • Things the funeral director pays for on your behalf (called ‘disbursements’ or ‘third-party costs’), for example, crematorium or cemetery fees, or a newspaper announcement about the death.
  • Local authority burial or cremation fees.

Funeral directors may list all these costs in their quotes.