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Who can register a death?

The majority of deaths are registered by a relative of the deceased. The registrar will normally only allow one of the other people listed below to register the death if there are no relatives available. If the person died in a house or hospital, the death can be registered by:

When someone dies at home

Contact the deceaseds GP. They will visit and confirm that the patient has passed away and issue a Medical Certificate of Cause of Death. You should then contact A & J Morriss & Sons – see contact page to make arrangements for the removal of the deceased to their Chapel of Rest.

  • a relative
  • someone present at the death
  • the cause of death is unknown
  • an occupant of the house/official from the hospital
  • the person making the arrangements with the funeral directors

Deaths taking place anywhere else can be registered by:

  • a relative
  • someone present at the death
  • the person who found the body
  • the person in charge of the body
  • the person making the arrangements with the funeral directors

How to register the death

You will need to arrange an appointment with the Registrar to register the death. You can find your local Registrar by clicking on http://www.gro.gov.uk/gro/content/deaths or in the Yellow Pages. For Croydon registrars https://www.croydon.gov.uk/community/births-deaths-marriage/deaths/registering-deaths/reg-death You need to take the medical certificate of cause of death to the register office and tell the Registrar how many copies of the death certificate you need. Its advisable to get more than one depending on how many organisations you think you are going to have to contact regarding the death (eg insurance companies, credit card companies and so on) as they might each want to see a certified copy of the death certificate. Certificates are more expensive if you have to order additional copies at a later date, but they can be bought online, by post or telephone, or through the register office where you registered the death. How to register a death away from home