Before The Funeral
When a loved one dies there are many decisions and arrangements to be made. Unfortunately these often have to be made at a time of personal distress.
This section gives you help and guidance about what to do from the moment of a loved one’s death.
The first thing to do is to get a medical certificate which you will get from a doctor (GP or doctor at a hospital). You need a medical certificate to register the death.
The Medical Certificate of Death should then be taken to the local Registrar within five days of the deceased passing. The death will need to be registered in the district where the death occurred. Sunderland Registrar telephone number is 0191 520 5553.
What The Registrar Will Require:
- The Medical Certificate of Death.
- The deceased’s medical card, birth certificate or marriage lines.
- Details of the deceased (date of birth, place of birth, maiden name, occupation).
The Registrar Will Then Give You A Bereavement Pack Which Contains:
- A Green Form (for the Funeral Director to allow the Burial/Cremation to go ahead).
- A White BD8 Form (for the DWP to notify them of the death and stop any benefits the deceased was receiving.)
- A Bereavement mail leaflet to stop unwanted mail in the name of your loved one.
- A SF200 Form to get help towards the funeral expenses from the Social Fund. (The decision is made by the Social Fund based upon benefits the next of kin is receiving and not the deceased).
- A certified copy of the Death Certificate which will be at a cost of £4.00 (the original Death Certificate is kept by the Registrar).
- You may need copies of the Death Certificate for such things as a will, pension claims, insurance policies, bank accounts and premium bonds.
The Doctor May Not Be Able To Issue A Medical Certificate Of Death And Will Inform The Coroner If:
- The death was sudden, violent or caused by an accident.
- The death occurred whilst the patient was undergoing an operation.
- The death was connected to an industrial disease.
- If the Coroner becomes involved in the death of your loved one, they may request a Post Mortem Examination to establish an exact cause of death. The Coroner does not need the family’s consent for the examination to take place and cannot be over turned at the family’s request.
- After the Post Mortem Examination, the Coroner will then issue the necessary paperwork for the funeral to take place. If the death was natural causes then the Coroner will issue paperwork direct to the Registrar, for the family to then make an appointment to register the death.
There Will Be An Inquest If:
- The death was violent.
- The death was caused by an accident.
- The person took their own life.
- No cause of death has been established.
If after the Post Mortem Examination, the death is undetermined, the Coroner will produce an Interim Death Certificate, which is to notify people that the death has occurred but no cause of death has been established at the present time.