If your loved one passes away at home, and it was expected, you need to call your GP who will come out to certify the death.
If the death occurs outside of the normal surgery hours, then contact the emergency number and an out-of-hours doctor will be notified.
If the death is unexpected then you must contact the police as well as your GP. There could be a delay in receiving the medical certificate as a coroner may need to be consulted.
Once the doctor has certified the death and completed a medical certificate it must be registered at a Register Office. This can be done online and by telephone. 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 can help avoid delays when requesting the necessary documents. If the Coroner is involved you will be advised when to register the death.
A green form will be issued by the Registrar which is required for a funeral to take place. The Registrar will also issue you with a death certificate and as many original copies as you may need.
In most cases, we do not need a copy of the death certificate, but banks, insurance companies, solicitors, and others may all need to have their own copy, so we recommend requesting a few.