In times in Bereavement
In the unfortunate event of someone passing away, there are three things that must be done within the first few days. These include:
Getting a medical certificate from your GP or hospital doctor. This is a necessary step in being able to register the death. If the death has been reported to the coroner, permission must be given before registering the death.
Registering the death within 5 days (or within 8 days in Scotland). You then receive the necessary documents to arrange a funeral. 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 director. You can register a death by visiting the gov.uk website which guides you through the process.
Making the necessary arrangements for the funeral. This can only occur once the death has been registered. The most common method is to use a funeral director, such as members of the National Association of Funeral Directors, National Federation of Funeral Directors, or Society of Allied and Independent Funeral Directors. You can also arrange a funeral yourself by contacting the Cemeteries and Crematorium Department of your local council. Funeral costs can include funeral director fees, things that the funeral director pays for on your behalf such as cemetery fees, and the local authority burial or cremation fees.