In times of Bereavement

In times of the loss of a family member or friend, the following steps will take place:

  • A Medical Certificate of Confirmation of Death (MCCD) will be arranged by the patient’s GP once they have been notified of the death.  If the GP is not able to confirm the cause of death, they will contact the County Coroner.
  • Once the GP has issued the MCCD it will be sent to the Registrar (Hampshire) electronically.  Due to the coronavirus pandemic you should not attend the surgery to collect this.
  • Register the death with the Registrar.
  • Make the necessary funeral arrangements.

Register the death

If the death has been reported to the County Coroner they must give permission to you to register the death.  Once the Coroner has taken over proceedings you must liaise with them unless told otherwise.

You can register the death if you are a relative, or the person making the arrangements with the funeral directors.

You must register the death via the Hampshire County Council website, you can use the link: https://www.hants.gov.uk/birthsdeathsandceremonies/death/registeradeath

You can only register the death if you have been given permission by the Coroner to do so, or if the MCCD has been sent to the Registrar.  Please see above.

Arrange the funeral

The funeral can usually only take place after the death is registered. Most people use a funeral director, though you can arrange a funeral yourself.

Funeral directors

Choose a funeral director who’s a member of one of the following:

  • National Association of Funeral Directors
  • National Federation of Funeral Directors
  • Society of Allied and Independent Funeral Directors

These organisations have codes of practice – they must give you a price list when asked.
Some local councils run their own funeral services, for example for non-religious burials. The British Humanist Association can also help with non-religious funerals.

Arranging the funeral yourself

Contact the Cemeteries and Crematorium Department of your local council to arrange a funeral yourself.

Funeral costs

Funeral costs can include:

  • Funeral director fees
  • Things the funeral director pays for on your behalf (called ‘disbursements’ or ‘third-party costs’), for example, crematorium or cemetery fees, or a newspaper announcement about the death
  • Local authority burial or cremation fees

Funeral directors may list all these costs in their quotes.

For more information visit the Bereavement Advice Centre: https://www.bereavementadvice.org