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It is usual for people to be unsure of what to do in the immediate aftermath of a bereavement.
We take you through the initial steps and provide advice on other things you may need to think about when someone you know dies.
In most cases you will need to register the death within five days and it is best to visit the register office in the area in which the person died. This will help avoid delays getting the necessary documents. The following people can register a death:
To register the death you need to have a simple interview with the registrar at the register office. You will need to give the registrar:
If the person who has died is a married woman, you will need to give her maiden name and her husband’s full name and occupation.
Documents and certification you will need to give the registrar:
You should also bring the following documents where applicable:
At the register office the registrar will issue you with:
You can buy copies of the Death Certificate (sometimes known as the Entry of Death form) from the registrar for a small fee, which varies from region to region. You will need these for official purposes such as closing bank accounts and pension schemes.