What happens next?
Registering the death
There are a number of places a death can be registered in Worcestershire, either in Worcester at County Hall or if the Death occured in hospital at
Worcester Royal Registration Office - 01905 768181
Alternatively you can book an appointment online at
The government toolkit can help as well:
Registering the death will give you the documents you need for the funeral, although if you wish you don't need to wait until the death is registered we can start making arrangements and give you advice before that.
It is usually required when someone passes away that the death is registered within five days with the registrar's office. It is preferable that the person registering the death is a relative although the death can be registered by one of the following people:
Senior person of the establishment where the person has died
The person making the funeral arrangements
Someone who was present when the death occurred
When someone dies, the Doctor will issue a 'Medical Certificate of Cause of Death' and you will need this along with the following in order to complete the registration:
NHS Medical Card or number (does not delay registration if you do not have this)
The date and place of death
The person's full name and place of birth
The person's usual address
The person's marital status
The person's occupation of their spouse
Once the registration has been completed, the registrar will issue two forms - A certificate of Registration of Death and a Certificate for Cremation or Burial (known commonly as the Green Form) - this is the only form you will need to give to the Funeral Director.
In certain circumstances the death may have been referred to the Coroner. When the Coroner is involved they may decide one of the following - that no further action is necessary and pass the details to the registrar, that further investigations are needed or to open an inquest.
The Coroner will keep you informed as to what you will need to do in these circumstances as these can vary. We will of course continue to liaise with you during this time and provide as much information as we can. This process can usually take between four and five days and in some circumstances this can delay any funeral arrangements.