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Bereavement affects people in different ways, there is no time limit and there is no right or wrong way to feel. We have advice on where you can go for help and support if you have lost a loved one.

A death should be registered within five days unless a coroner is involved. You can find details of your local register office:

What you need to take with you

Registering a death usually takes half an hour. You will need to take the following documents with you:

  • medical certificate signed by a doctor
  • optional - birth certificate
  • optional - marriage/civil partnership certificate
  • optional - NHS medical card
  • optional - National Insurance number

Tell Us Once

When you register a death, you can use the  Tell Us Once (opens in a new window) service. This service will let you report a death to most government organisations in one go.

Page last updated: 06/08/2019 12:11
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