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Things to be done when a death occurs

If someone dies at home you must call a doctor who will sign a medical certificate confirming the cause of death, unless they decide to refer the matter to the coroner.

If the death happens in hospital the doctor there will issue the certificate. The medical certificate must be taken to the registrar within five days of the death.

F.E. Farrer can give you the registrar’s address and telephone number, or you can find it on our ‘Useful Contacts’ Page. It is a good idea to phone to make an appointment so that you are seen promptly. Take the medical certificate giving the cause of death with you and the deceased’s medical card, birth and marriage certificates, if available. The registrar will also need other information about the person who has died such as their usual address, and whether they were receiving a pension or any other welfare benefits.

The registrar will give you a certificate of registration of death (white form) for social security purposes and the certificate for burial or cremation (green form) which should be given to the funeral director. You may need several copies of the death certificate – perhaps for the will, and for settling any pension claims, insurance policies and investments. You will have to pay for any extra copies so ask the registrar for guidance on how many you will need.

If the death is sudden or unusual it will be reported to the coroner who may call for a post-mortem and, in some cases, an inquest. In most cases this is merely a formality so don’t be too alarmed.

Chapel of Rest

Our private chapel of rest allows privacy and gives visitors an opportunity to spend as much time as they need with their relative or friend. They are open during normal office hours and other times by prior appointment.

More about our Chapel of Rest

F.E Farrers Services

  • Professional services 24 hours a day
  • Conveyance of the deceased from a private address, nursing home or hospital
  • Offer choice of coffin or caskets to your personal requirements
  • Use of our Chapel of Rest
  • Obtaining at officiant and venue for the service, religious or non-religious
  • Chauffeur driven vehicles
  • Supplying full complement of bearers for funeral service

Disbursements Services

Fees paid on your behalf, such as;

  • Doctors for cremation certificates
  • Crematorium fees / Cemetery fees
  • Minister / church or officiant fees for service

Additional Services

  • Order of services
  • Obituary Notices
  • Reception Venues
  • Caterers
  • Beautician
  • Release of Doves
  • Scottish Piper
  • Local Florists
  • Solicitors/Probate

Floral Tributes or Donations to Charity

Flowers are traditionally a visible sign of respect at a funeral. Afterwards we can remove the cards for you to keep and also take the flowers to a local destination (if you wish). Alternatively, you may want to request donations to a charity, we can set up a collection after the service which, we can pass to you or the charity requested shortly after the funeral.