In the event of a death
By law, a death must be registered. This is usually done in the
county or borough in which death occurred, although it is possible
to register the death in another area by arrangement.
When the death occurs at home:
The nearest relative and family doctor should be informed. The
doctor will complete a certificate stating the cause of death. If
cremation is desired, two doctors are required to sign a
certificate. The first doctor will instruct the second doctor, who
can see the body in the mortuary or chapel of rest. The doctor's
certificate must be taken to the registrar in the registration
sub-district where the death occurred, normally within 5 days.
Tamworth Registrar of Births and Deaths
Tel: 01827 475885
When the death occurs in hospital:
A certificate will be issued as above, but the hospital may wish to
carry out a post mortem examination of the deceased. Before this
occurs, consent must be obtained from the nearest relative.
When the death occurs suddenly:
If the death was sudden, and the doctor had not seen the patient
within 14 days of death, the coroner must be informed. The coroner
will decide if it is necessary to carry out a post mortem
examination. If it is decided that death occurred from natural
cause, the coroner will issue notification to the effect that an
inquest is not required. Alternatively, the coroner may decide that
an inquest should take place in order to establish the cause of
death. The doctor will notify the coroner.
Using a funeral director:
Most people choose to employ a funeral director to make the funeral
arrangements on their behalf. A choice of funeral directors can be
found in the local Yellow pages.
When you have decided which funeral director you wish to use,
contact them as soon as possible. You will need to provide them
with information about the deceased such as their full name, age,
occupation and religion. You will also need to tell the funeral
director if a minister is required for the ceremony.
Before arranging a funeral
It is important to check if the deceased left any instructions with
the Will regarding their wishes. It may be that they wanted to
donate their body for medical research or donate their organs for
transplantation. Funeral arrangements may have already been made
using a pre-payment plan, or specific instructions may have been
left concerning the funeral ceremony itself. If there is a Will,
the executor has the right to decide whether it should be a burial
or cremation (even if the Will expresses a particular wish). If
there is no Will, the next of kin should decide.
If a grave has already been purchased, you will need to provide the
deeds or some other documentation to show proof of ownership. If a
new grave is required, (click here to go to 'buying a grave) you
should decide in which cemetery you wish the interment to take
place and who will be named as the Registered Owner.
The funeral director will ensure that all relevant documentation
is delivered to the burial authority in good time.
You will need to advise the
doctor that a cremation is desired, so that two doctor's signatures
may be obtained. In addition to the Death Certificate, a Statutory
Declaration is required for cremation. The funeral director will
give you the relevant forms which must be completed by the
Executor, the nearest surviving relative and witnessed by any
householder to whom the applicant is known. As with burial, the
funeral director will ensure that the necessary documentation is
delivered to the cremation authority in good time.
There is no Crematorium in Tamworth, the nearest is Sutton
Crematorium, Tel: 0121 3083812
Arranging the funeral yourself
There is no legal requirement to use the services of a funeral
director to make the arrangements on your behalf. If the death
occurred at home, the deceased's doctor and nearest relative should
be contacted as soon as possible. Once the doctor has certified the
cause of death, the body may be washed and dressed. If the death
occurred in hospital the family will need to collect the body from
the mortuary. A coffin can be made or purchased from a funeral
director, and a large estate car or similar vehicle may be used for
transportation of the deceased.
Arrangements for the ceremony can usually be made direct with
the cemetery or crematorium. If a religious ceremony is required on
the day of the funeral, the local church usually has a list of
ministers you may contact.
- It is your right to organise a funeral without the use of a
- It is your right, as executor (or next of kin) to be given the
body by a mortuary, hospital, etc, in order to carry out a funeral
without a funeral director.
- It is your right to obtain a coffin (minimum bio-degradable