Leighton Buzzard Funeral Directors Since 1923

What to Do When Someone Dies

What to do if a death occurs at home or in a nursing/care home

If at home contact the normal doctor or on-call doctor, in the case of a nursing or care home the nursing staff will do this on your behalf.  Once the doctor has confirmed the death you are then able to arrange for ourselves to bring your loved one into our care.  We are available 24 hours, 7 days a week on 01525 372 210. On the next working day, you will need to contact the normal doctor’s surgery to establish when the cause of death certificate will be available.

What to do if a death occurs in hospital

You will need to contact the bereavement office at the hospital to establish when the cause of death certificate will be available and make an appointment to collect this together with any personal effects

When a death is reported to a coroner

A doctor may report the death to the coroner if the cause of death is unknown, was unexpected, was an accident or the person hasn’t been seen within 14 days.  The coroner’s office will keep you informed as to what you need to do next.

Registering the death

Only certain people can register the death (a close relative of the deceased, someone present at the death, or the person taking responsibility for the funeral).  All registrar offices run an appointment system.

Information needed to register a death:

  • Cause of death certificate
  • Full name of deceased (including any previous names (eg. Maiden name) or known by name)
  • Date and place of birth
  • Date and place of death
  • Usual address
  • Marital status
  • Occupation (or former occupation if retired)
  • Name/address/occupation of spouse or civil partner (if surviving) or name and occupation (if deceased)
  • National Insurance number

Documents from the registrar

  • Certified copies of the death certificate (you may purchase as many copies as you need)
  • Certificate for burial or cremation (green form required by the funeral director)

Arranging a funeral

When a death occurs there can sometimes be a delay with regards to the medical certificate and registration, this does not mean that preliminary arrangements cannot be discussed.