When someone dies

Many people can feel uncertain of the practical things that need to be done following a bereavement.

We will take you through the initial steps and provide you with support and advice on what you may need to think about when a loved one dies. Please feel free to contact us at any time of day or night because we are here to help you.

Registering a death

We are always available to support families at the time of death, however the next of kin are generally responsible for registering a loved one’s death. The following provides information on how to register the death. If you have any questions or queries about the following practical information please do not hesitate to contact us.

In Scotland a Death may be registered?
At any Registrar’s Office in Scotland.

When?
The death must be registered within eight days but it is desirable to have the death registered as soon as possible. A death must be registered before a funeral takes place.

By Whom?
A death is normally registered by a relative, executor or other legal representative or any other person possessing the information needed for the registration.

Documents required by Registrar?

  • Medical certificate of cause of death
  • Deceased’s birth certificate (if available)
  • Deceased’s marriage certificate (if applicable)
  • Name of deceased’s GP
  • Pension reference number of deceased

What documents will Registrar Issue?

  • Form 14 which is to be given to the funeral director
  • A certificate of registration of death (Green Form) to return to the DWP Offices.
  • An Abbreviated extract copy for insurance companies, banks, building societies etc.

Caring for the deceased

Once you have entrusted your loved one to our care we will look after them with respect and sensitivity.  They will rest with us until the day of the funeral. Our funeral directors will carry out your wishes carefully and respectfully.

Telling others about the death

You may wish to tell people about the death and the details of the funeral by placing an announcement in a newspaper whether it be local or national.  As part of our service we can help you with drafting and sending a death announcement to a newspaper. We can also assist after the funeral by placing a notice in the newspaper to thank those who attended and sent expressions of sympathy, flowers and charitable donations.