There are 3 things you must do in the first few days after someone dies. 

  1. Get a medical certificate from a GP or hospital doctor. You’ll need this to register the death.
  2. Register the death within 5 days. You’ll then get the documents you need to arrange a funeral.
  3. Arrange the funeral-you can use a funeral director or arrange it yourself.

You can usually use the TELL US ONCE service to report a death to most government organisations in one go. 

You do not need to deal with the will, money and property straight away. 


If the death has been reported to a coroner you cannot register the death until the coroner gives permission. 


A doctor may report the death to a coroner if the: 

¨ Cause of death is unknown 

¨ Death was violent or unnatural

¨ Death was sudden or unexplained 

¨ Person who died was not visited by a medical practitioner during their final illness 

¨ Medical certificate is not available 

¨ Person who died was not seen by the doctor who signed the medical certificate within 14 days before death or after they died

¨ Death occurred dring an operation or before the person came out of anaesthetic

Medical certificate suggests the death may have been caused by an industrial disease or poisoning.

The coroner may decide that the cause of death is clear.

In this case:

  1. The doctor signs the medical certificate
  2. You take the medical certificate to the registrar
  3. The coroner issues a certificate to the registrar stating a post mortem is not needed.


The funeral can only take place after the death is registered.

Choose a funeral director who is a member of one of the following:

¨ National Association of Funeral Directors

¨ National Federation of Funeral Directors

¨ Society of Allied and Independent Funeral Directors


Tell Us Once is a service that lets you report a death to most Government organisations in one go.

Your local registrar will have given you a unique reference number to access the Tell Us Once service online or by phone. You will need to provide the deceased’s:

Date of Birth, National Insurance Number, Driving License Number, Passport Number, details of any benefits they were getting, eg State Pension., details of any local council services they were getting eg Blue Badge, name and address of their next of kin, name, address and contact details of the person or company dealing with their estate (property, belongings and money), known as their “Executor” or “Administrator”

You need to obtain permission from the next of kin, executor, administrator or anyone who was claiming joint benefits or entitlements with the deceased,, before you give their details.

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Bereavement Group

 Would you like to talk to someone about your bereavement?  We run a bereavement support group here at the Practice.  Please see the above leaflet form more information.



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