What to do next & Contacts

Registering A Death

People who have a legal responsibility to register a death include:

What information is required when registering a death?

When you attend your appointment to register a death, please ensure you taking the following information with you:

What will happen at the appointment?

A Registrar of Births and Deaths will talk to you privately at the Register Office and will ask you for:

Once the registration has been completed, the Registrar will ask you to check that all the details are correct before signing the Register. You should check the information carefully before signing. Once you have signed the record, the Registrar will give you:

Documents you will receive at the appointment:

The Coroner

When a death is reported to a coroner

A doctor may report the death to a coroner if:

The coroner may decide that the cause of death is clear. In this case:

  1. The doctor signs a medical certificate.
  2. You take the medical certificate to the registrar.
  3. The coroner issues a certificate to the registrar stating a post-mortem isn’t needed.


To find out how the person died, the coroner may decide a post-mortem is needed. This can be done either in a hospital or mortuary.

You can’t object to a coroner’s post-mortem – but if you’ve asked the coroner must tell you (and the person’s GP) when and where the examination will take place.

After the post-mortem:

  1. The coroner will release the body for a funeral once they have completed the post-mortem examinations and no further examinations are needed.
  2. If the body is released with no inquest, the coroner will send a form to the registrar stating the cause of death.
  3. If the body is to be cremated, the coroner will also send a ‘Certificate of Coroner – form Cremation 6’.

If the coroner decides to hold an inquest

A coroner must hold an inquest if the cause of death is still unknown, or if the person:

You can’t register the death until after the inquest. The coroner is responsible for sending the relevant paperwork to the registrar.

The death can’t be registered until after the inquest, but the coroner can give you a certificate to prove the person is dead. When the inquest is over the coroner will tell the registrar what to put in the register.

What to do when somebody dies

Expected death at home

If the death was expected and has occurred in the home, contact the doctor who had been attending to the deceased during their final illness. The doctor may write out the Medical Certificate of Death when they visit the house, or they may request that you attend the surgery for this purpose.

If a death occurs in the home outside of normal surgery hours a deputising doctor or paramedic may attend the home and issue a “certificate of attendance” which will need to be passed onto the doctor’s surgery when it re-opens.

You do not need to wait for the doctor to attend before making first contact with the funeral director of your choice, though it is not possible for the funeral director to attend to transfer the deceased to their Chapel of Rest until the doctor has attended and given a Medical Certificate of Cause of Death.

Unexpected death at home

If a body has been discovered or if the death was unexpected then the family doctor and the police should be contacted. In the event of an unexpected death the Coroner may become involved.

Once the coroner has investigated the circumstances of death, they may issue you with a Medical Certificate of Death, alternatively they may forward the certificate to the registrar on your behalf, allowing you to begin the death registration process.

When all necessary forms have been signed and upon being informed by the coroner that the deceased’s cause of death has been established, we will then transfer the deceased into our care at our private chapel of rest in one of our homes

When death occurs in hospital

Unless present when death occurs, the relatives will be notified by the nursing staff as soon as possible. Arrangements can then be made with the Hospital Administrative staff to deal with the formalities. These will include collecting the Medical Certificate of Cause of Death (issued by a Hospital Doctor) and personal possessions of the deceased. The Hospital may also issue a ‘Release Form’, which needs to signed by the next of kin, releasing the deceased into Our care.

The Coroner

In the case of a sudden, unexpected or industry related death, a Coroner is required to investigate the circumstances of death. It then becomes the Coroner’s responsibility to determine how and why an individual died.

The Coroner and their officers are working in your interest and will always keep you up to date with any issues that may affect the funeral arrangements.

There may be no Medical Certificate of Death issued. Instead, the Coroner will forward the relevant documents to the Registrar’s Office to enable you to register in the usual way.

For More information, please use the following link:

GOV.UK ‘What to do after someone dies’

South Staffordshire register office – 0300 111 8001 or 08456 036 908

Areas covered under this are : Bilbrook, Bobbington, Codsall, Envill, Himley, Kinver, Lower Penn, Pattingham, Patshull,Perton, Seisdon, Swindon, Trysull, Woumbourne & Wrottesley

Hughes Funeral Directors in hours 9am-5pm 01543 523240

Hughes Funeral Directors 24 hours 07771496511

Help with Funeral costs – 08001690140

Bereavement service help line – 08007310469

Cannock chase council offices 0300 111 8001

Wolverhampton register office 01902 554 989

H M coroners office 08453527483

Walsall register office 01922 650000

Dudley Register office 01384 815 373

Birmingham register office 0121 675 1000

Stourbridge register office 01384 815385

Tamwoth register office 0300 111 8001

Sandwell register office 0121 569 2480

Burton Register office 0300 111 8001

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