Arranging a Funeral

Before Arranging The Funeral

Here is a guide detailing what you will need to do when someone dies, as there are many decisions and arrangements to be made.

For example, you will have to get a Medical Certificate showing the cause of death, you will then need to make an appointment to register the death, contact a funeral director to make arrangements for the funeral.

The Medical Certificate of Death should be taken to the local Registrar. The death will need to be registered in the district where the death occurred.

Information and Contact Details for the local Registrar can be found HERE

What The Registrar Will Require:

  • The Medical Certificate of Death
  • The deceased's medical card, birth certificate or marriage lines
  • Details of the deceased ( I.E. date of birth, place of birth, maiden name, occupation)

The Registrar Will Then Register the Death

You will then receive a bereavement pack which will contain:

  • A Green Form (for the funeral director to allow the Burial/Cremation to go ahead)
  • A White BD8 Form (for the DSS to notify them of the death and stop any benefit's the deceased was receiving)
  • A Bereavement mail leaflet to stop unwanted mail in the name of your loved one
  • A SF200 Form to get help towards the funeral expenses from the Social Fund. (The decision is made by the Social Fund based upon benefit's the next of kin is receiving and not the deceased.)
  • A certified copy of the Death Certificate which will be at a cost of £3.50 (the original Death Certificate is kept by the Registrar)

The doctor may not be able to issue a Medical Certificate of Death and will inform the Coroner if:

  • The death was sudden, violent or caused by an accident
  • The death occurred whilst the patient was undergoing an operation
  • The death was connected to an industrial disease

If the Coroner becomes involved in the death of your loved one they may request a Post Mortem Examination to establish an exact cause of death. The Coroner does not need the families consent for the examination to take place and it cannot be over turned at the family's request.

After the Post Mortem Examination, the Coroner will then issue the necessary paperwork for the funeral to take place. If the death was natural causes then the Coroner will issue paperwork direct to the Registrar, for the family to then make an appointment to register the death.

There will be an inquest if:

  • The death was violent
  • The death was caused by an accident
  • If after the Post Mortem Examination, the death is undetermined.

In these cases the Coroner will produce an Interim Death Certificate, which is to notify people that the death has occurred but no cause of death has been established at the present time.

Our Role as Your Funeral Director

As a SAIF member we are expected to provide a professional service in line with our Code of Practice. To find out more about SAIF, click here.

We will advise you each step of the way, discussing with you all the options and ensuring you are clear as to the costs involved. We are there to support you and guide you on what you need to do and how to go about it.

We will take care of the deceased, discuss the funeral arrangements and options available to you, deal with all the logistics and paperwork involved, and act as the ‘master of ceremonies’ on the day of the funeral.

Your Funeral Options

  • Religious or Secular

    The choice will be dependent on the individual’s preferences

  • A Green Funeral

    Typically where the deceased is buried in a natural area using a coffin made of sustainable materials

  • Themed/personalised funerals

    To reflect the way the deceased lived and to bring a unique style to their funeral

  • Woodland Burial

    Where burials take place in dedicated woodland sites

Please get in touch - we're here to help.

McBride & Sons Funeral Directors
182 Kings Road, Harrogate HG1 5JG
Phone 24 hours: 01423 528500