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Planning and Arranging an Essex Funeral

Our Essex Funeral Home offers Death registration information and advice

Registration of a death & obtaining a death certificate should take place before arranging a funeral. Bennetts Undertakers Services in Essex can offer registration advice. Registration of a death and obtaining a death certificate is usually carried out by a relative of the deceased. The staff at our Funeral Directors in Essex can help to explain the procedure involved in registering the death.

Below is a comprehensive list of information you will find useful when registering a death in Essex.

Who can register a death

  • Any relative of the deceased
  • A person present at death
  • The owner or person in charge of the Home or Nursing Home where death occurred
  • The person arranging the funeral (not the Funeral Director)

Documents useful to the Registrar for the registration of a death

  • Medical Certificate of Cause of Death (you must take this with you if issued by the Doctor)
  • Medical Card (if available)
  • Birth Certificate (if available)
  • Marriage Certificate (if applicable)
  • Pink form (form 100) if one has been given to you by the Coroner

Information required to register a death

  • Date and place of death
  • Full name of deceased (maiden name if applicable)
  • Date and place of birth of the deceased
  • Home address of the deceased
  • Marital Status of the deceased
  • Occupation of the deceased
  • Full name, date of birth, occupation of surviving spouse or civil partner

Registration of death

Once you are in possession of the ‘Cause of Death’ medical certificate issued by either the G.P, Hospital Doctor or the Coroner, it must then be taken, preferably with the deceased’s medical card and birth certificate, to the Registrar in the district in which the death occurred. Details of the relevant Registrar usually appear on the envelope enclosing the certificate. However, please visit our Registrars page if the information below is not in your area.

What certificates are received

  • Disposal Certificate for the Funeral Director (Green Certificate) – No Fee.  In cases where the Coroner is involved and cremation is intended or an inquest is to be held, this certificate will not be issued. Instead a separate certificate will be given by the Coroner normally sent directly to the Funeral Director.
  • Social Security Certificate (White Certificate) – No Fee. This will be given on all occasions and should be handed in at the local D.W.P Offices with any relevant books.
  • Death Certificate – These may be obtained from the Registrar upon payment of a nominal fee and are required as proof of death for insurance purposes, bank account, etc. Additional copies of the death certificate can always be obtained at a later date.

Cremation Certificates

When cremation is chosen there are statutory legal forms, known as cremation certificates B, C and F that need to be completed by two medical Doctors.  These forms are the responsibility of the Funeral Director to obtain and therefore, we will liaise with the necessary Doctors to have these completed.

Registrars contact numbers

Brentwood: 
1 Seven Arches Road, Brentwood, Essex. Tel – 01277 233565
By appointment only

Romford: 
Langtons, Billet Lane, Hornchurch, Essex. Tel – 01787 43348
By appointment only

Chelmsford: 
17 Market Road, Chelmsford, Essex. Tel – 01245 430700
By appointment only

Basildon:
 St Martins Square, Basildon, Essex. Tel – 01268 526535
By appointment only

Billericay: 
Burstead Lodge, 143 High Street, Billericay, Essex.
Please contact Brentwood Registrars to make an appointment – 01277 233565.

Coroner

Essex Coroners Office
Essex & Thurrock: 01245 506837
Southend: 01245 506806

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