Coroner, Registration of Death & Repatriation
- When do I need to register a death by?
By law, all deaths in England and Wales must be registered, normally within five days (unless by prior arrangement with the registrar). It is better to call ahead to the Register Office and make an appointment. There is no rush and you can take your time, however a funeral cannot take place until the medical certificate of cause of death (MCCD) has been issued and the death has been registered.
- Registering a still birth
A stillbirth should be registered within 42 days.
Sometimes a stillbirth can be registered after 42 days – the register office can explain when this can happen. You can name the baby in the register.
- What if the coroner is involved?
The coroner will be involved if your loved one’s death is unexpected, or in some other circumstances, for example, if the death follows soon after arriving into hospital. The certification and registration procedures are then different, and we will explain this to you in detail, and how it may affect the timing of the funeral. Click here to read more https://www.gov.uk/after-a-death/when-a-death-is-reported-to-a-coroner
- What happens about the funeral if the coroner is involved?
You can provisionally meet with us, and start to make the funeral arrangements, but nothing can be confirmed until the coroner has completed their procedures and has released your loved one for burial or cremation.
- How do I register a death?
You will need to collect a medical certificate of cause of death (MCCD) from the hospital/GP surgery, then telephone the Registrar Office to make an appointment to register your loved one’s death. Due to Covid-19 this may be done by telephone, electronically and/or by post
- Who can register a death?
You can choose to register the death yourself or you may ask a relative to do this. The person’s executor, other legal representative, someone else who was present at the death, another occupant of the house where the death occurred, an official from the hospital where the death occurred or the person making the arrangements with the funeral director may also register the death. Click here to read more https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/family/death-and-wills/what-to-do-after-a-death/