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    Registering A Death - How Do I do this?

    Who should register a death and when should this be done? I've just lost someone, and now I need to know what to do.

    Who Should Register The Death And When?

    Once the ‘Medical Certificate of Cause of Death’ has been issued, this should be taken to the Registrar of Births and Deaths. This will enable the registration to take place which, by law, must be done within five days of the death. The ‘Medical Certificate of Cause of Death’ will more often be issued by the GP who attended the deceased during their illness.

    The certificate will be collected from the surgery if the deceased passed away at home and you should call the surgery to arrange this. However, if the death occurred in hospital then the Patients Affairs Office should be contacted to arrange collection from them. There is no charge payable for this certificate.

    Generally speaking the person who should register a death can be any one of the following:

    A relative present at the Death

    A relative in attendance during the last illness

    A relative residing in the sub-district where death occurred

    If the death has been reported to the Coroner, then registration cannot take place until we, or the Coroner, informs you. There may be a different procedure to registration if a Coroner is involved, and we’ll guide you on these variations should they arise. The Coroner’s procedures can often seem complicated and difficult to understand.

    Registrar of births, marriages and deaths