Registering the death and arranging a funeral

It can be a difficult time when a death occurs, and those who are left behind have to decide, amongst other things, what the final arrangements will be for their loved ones.  It can be a daunting experience deciding where the final resting place should be, and how best to commemorate their life through a memorial or tribute of some kind.

Registering the Death

You will need to register the death before the cremation or burial unless the Coroner has provided a Coroners Certificate (to enable the burial to take place whilst they wait for information following an autopsy).

To register the death you should contact your nearest Register Office.

The Register will issue you with the death certificate/certificates (green slip) needed for the burial or cremation.

Arranging a funeral

When arranging a funeral, it is important to remember to:

  • take your time
  • get advice
  • discuss the options with family and friends
  • check if the deceased left instructions about their funeral or had discussed their wishes.

You can find an approved funeral director on the National Association of Funeral Directors (NAFD) website.

You will need to give the Funeral Director/Funeral Arranger the green slip or cremation certificate before the burial or cremation.

Burials at the Lawn Cemetery or Hyde Cemetery also need a green slip.

Interment of cremated remains will need a cremation certificate issued by the crematorium.