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Littletown Family Medical Practice

53 Manchester Road

Oldham

OL8 4LR

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In Time of Bereavement

 

In the unfortunate event that a person has passed away, there are things that must be done in the first few days;

 

  • Get a medical certificate from your GP or hospital doctor (this is neccessary to register the death)
  • Register the death within 5 days (8 days in Scotland). You will then receive the neessary documents for the funeral.
  • Make the necessary funeral arrangements.

 

Register the death

 

If the death has been reported to the coroner (or Procurator Fiscal in Scotland) they must give permission before registering the death.

 

You can register the death if you are a relative, a witness to the death, a hospital administrator or the person making the arrangements with the funeral directors.

You can use the 'Register a Death' page on the gov.uk website that will guide you through the process. This will also explain the registration process for Scotland and Northern Ireland.

 

Arrange the funeral

 

The funeral can usually only take place after the death is registered. Most people use a funeral director, though you can arrange a funeral yourself.

 

Funeral directors

 

Choose a funeral director who's a member of one of the following:

 

  • National Association of Funeral Directors
  • National Federation of Funeral Directors
  • Society of Allied and Independent Funeral Directors

 

These organisations have codes of practice - they must give you a price list when asked.

 

Arranging the funeral yourself

 

Contact the Cemetaries and Crematorium Department of your local council to arrange a funeral yourself.

 

Funeral Costs

 

Funeral costs can include:

 

  • Funeral director fees
  • Things the funeral director pay for on your behalf (called 'disbursements' or 'third-party' costs), for example, crematorium or cemetery fees, or a newspaper announcement about the death
  • Local authority burial or cremation fees

 

Funeral directors may list all these costs in their quotes.

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