If someone passes away suddenly, with no reason, at home or anywhere other in a hospital or care home facility then you must call 101. It is likely that in this event the Coroner will ask one of his/her approved Funeral Directors to later attend the place of death and to take your loved one to the nearest Hospital or to the Coroners own medical facilities.
Your first point of contact throughout the next few days will be the Coroner’s appointed officer and they will guide you and advise you when you should appoint a Funeral Director and when your loved one will be released by the Coroner for the funeral to take place. If you wish to call us to ask any questions or to nominate us we will be happy to receive your call.
Although professional nursing staff are normally in attendance at all times within the Home, a Doctor will be required to confirm the death before we can remove your loved one. The nursing staff will call the Doctor on behalf of the family, then arrange for us to remove your loved one to our Chapel of Rest.
We are fully aware of the need to be discreet and respectful at all times when removing your loved one and we will endeavour to be there within an hour of receiving a call in the locality. Your loved one’s GP will issue the Medical Certificate of Cause of Death to you for you to take the Registrars. In some cases the out of hour’s Doctor may report the death to the Coroner.
You should register the death within 5 days. If a sudden or unnatural death has been reported to a coroner (Procurator Fiscal in Scotland) you can’t register the death until the coroner has given permission. Registering the death will take about 40 minutes – it is recommended to make an appointment.
You can go to any Registry office however if you use one in the same area as where the person died you will be given the documents immediately on the same day. If you use a different Registry office to where the person died the documents will firstly be sent to the local office in the area before they are issued to you which will incur a wait of a few days.
Who can register the death?
You can register the death if you are one of the following:-
You were present at the death
You are an Administrator from the hospital
You are the person making the Funeral arrangements
What do you need to take with you?
The medical certificate showing the cause of death (signed by a doctor)
And if available the following documents from your loved one:-
Council Tax bill
Marriage or civil partnership certificate
NHS medical card
Proof of address (e.g. utility bill)
What information do you need to tell the Registrar?
Your loved one's full name
Any names previously used, e.g. maiden name
Their date and place of birth
Their last address
The full name, date of birth and occupation of a surviving or late spouse or civil partner
Whether they were receiving a State Pension or any other benefits
You should also take supporting documents that show your name and address if possible (e.g. a utility bill) however you can still register a death without them.
What Documents will you receive from the Registrar?
When you register a death you will be issued with the following:-
A Certificate for Burial or Cremation (the ‘green form’) – this gives permission for burial or cremation application
A Certificate of Registration of Death (form BD8) - you may need to fill this out and return it if your loved one was receiving a State Pension or benefits (the form will come with a pre-paid envelope so you know where to send it).
If required you also purchase extra death certificates, the cost of this is £4 or £12 at a later date.
LOCAL REGISTRY OFFICES
Minehead Registration Office
Bank Street, Minehead, TA24 5DJ
Phone: 01823 282251
Opening Hours: Tuesday and Thursday 9am to 12.30pm and 1pm to 3pm
Williton Registration Office
Becket House, Bridge Street, Williton, TA4 4NR
Phone: 01823 282251
Fax: 01984 631884
Opening Hours: Monday 12 noon to 5pm, Wednesday and Friday 9.30am to 12.30pm.
Somerset Registery Office (Taunton)
The Old Municipal Buildings, Corporation Street, Taunton, TA1 4AQ
Phone: 01823 282251
Fax: 01823 351173
Opening Hours: Monday to Friday 9am to 5.30pm