Detailed information regarding the steps to take following the death of a loved one are available on the government website here.
We have listed below contact details for all of the local Registry Offices that would come under the area that Evelyn’s Funerals are likely to cover. You can usually book an appointment online or over the telephone.
Surrey Heath House, Knoll Road, Camberley, Surrey, GU15 3HD
Easthampstead House, Time Square, Bracknell, Berkshire, RG12 1AQ
Civic Offices, Bridge Street, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 2LU
Civic Offices, Shute End, Wokingham, Berkshire, RG40 1WH
Artington House, 42 Portsmouth Rd, Guildford GU2 4DZ
Who can register a death?
One of the following people may register a death (in order of preference):
- a relative of the deceased
- a person present at the death
- the occupier of the house or residential home where the death occurred (if there is no known relative who is able to register)
- the person who is arranging the funeral
What do I need?
You will need to provide the following:
- medical certificate of cause of death from the doctor, if a coroner is not involved
- date and place of death
- full name of the deceased (and maiden surname if appropriate)
- date and place of birth of the deceased (a birth certificate would be helpful)
- deceased’s occupation, and the full name and occupation of their spouse (a marriage certificate would be helpful)
- deceased’s usual home address
- whether the deceased was in receipt of a pension from public funds
- date of birth of the deceased’s spouse, if alive
- NHS medical card number for the deceased (however, please do not delay registration if this is not available)
The registrar will ask you some questions to obtain the above information, and will print out a copy of the entry for you to check. Once the page is signed the registrar will issue the necessary paperwork.
What happens next?
When you register a death you will receive:
- a Certificate for Burial or Cremation (the ‘green form’) – gives permission for burial or an application for cremation and will be emailed to your funeral director
- a Certificate of Registration of Death (form BD8) – you may need to fill this in and return it if the person was getting a State Pension or benefits (the form will come with a pre-paid envelope so you know where to send it)
You can buy extra death certificates – at a cost of £11.00 each – you may require official copies for passing on to other agencies such as banks, solicitors and DVLA.
There is a government backed “Tell Us Once” service, which will enable you to update several agencies at the same time of someones death. You will require a Tell Us Once reference number from the Registrars Office in order to do this.