FIRST STEPS

Registering a death

During the bereavement period, there are a number of steps which must be taken in the process of arranging a funeral. Legally, you must first go through the process of registering a death. The location for registration may depend  on where the death has taken place.

If the death occurs at home


Within five days of any death, it must be registered at the Registrar of Births, Marriages and Deaths in the area that the death occurred.

If the death occurs in hospital


The staff of the hospital will be able to assist you in finding the Registrar of Births, Marriages and Deaths.

How to register a death


There is no charge for registering a death but you must first acquire a Medical Certificate of Cause of Death from the doctor who attended the deceased during their last illness. You need to bring this and the person's medical card and Birth Certificate (if available) to the Registrar to register the death. 

When you leave the Registrar ensure you have:
  • Green Certificate for the funeral director
  • Copies of Entry of Death to deal with private affairs

Who can register


  • A close relative of the person who has died
  • A relative in attendance during last illness
  • A relative living in the district where death occurred
  • A person present at the time of death
  • The person arranging the funeral

The role of the coroner


If the deceased died in non-natural circumstances or the doctor is concerned about the cause of death, they will inform a coroner, who will decide if a post-mortem is necessary and subsequently issue a Death Notification Form.

Choosing burial or cremation


If the deceased’s funeral was pre-paid, the choice to be buried or cremated will already have been made. Otherwise, the staff at A. J. Adkinson & Son can talk you through the difference and help you to make the most suitable choice.
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Seeing your loved one in our chapel of rest


Prior to the funeral, the body of the departed will remain in A. J. Adkinson & Son's chapel of rest in Oadby, Leicestershire. If family and friends would like to pay respects during this time, we are happy to arrange for individuals or groups to visit.
We’re here to guide you through the first steps.
Call us now on 0116 271 2340 to see what we can do.
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