Family members face many important tasks and sadly this is needed to be done at a time of personal distress. We understand this and we have a detailed check-list to help families register the death and plan for the funeral.
- Contact your doctor in the first instance at your local surgery
- The doctor will visit to confirm death
- Contact Secure Haven Funeral Directors to carry out the removal and bring into our care
At a hospital or hospice
Once the doctor has confirmed the death, you will be able to advise the bereavement office if the funeral service will be a burial or cremation and who your preferred funeral director is. If cremation, medical forms will be ordered and completed by two doctors before the deceased is clear for removal from the hospital mortuary.
Registration of a death in the district in which it has occurred is required within five days and is by appointment only. The doctor who has certified the death will issue you with a Certificate Cause of Death – you must take this certificate with you to the Registrar. Also take the medical card and birth certificate if possible.
To contact the registrar’s central booking system for Essex on 0345 6037632 to make an appointment at any of their offices. Alternatively you can book online at Register a Death
The Registrar will require the following information from you:
- Full name
- Date and place of birth
- Date and place of death
- Marital status
- Home address
- Last occupation (even if retired)
- If married at date of death – date of birth of surviving partner
- If female and married / widowed, maiden name and spouse’s full name and occupation
The Registrar will issue you with a Death Certificate – more copies are available at this point if required and charged at £11 per copy.
The Registrar will also issue the Green Certificate which is required by a Funeral Director before a loved one can be brought into their care.