Following the death of a loved one, everything can feel very overwhelming. But there are some essential tasks that need to be completed, one of which is registering the death itself, as the government requires the death to be registered within 5 days of it happening. At Willow Lake, we understand how difficult this time is for you, so we’ve put together this page to help make this challenging process as easy as possible.
Why do you need to register a death?
Registering a death is an important process, as it informs the government of the individual’s passing. It is also required before a cremation or burial can take place. Once a death has been registered, you will be issued a death certificate, also known as a green form. The funeral director will need the green form in order to proceed with a cremation or burial, the green form is free of charge. If you have opted for a Willow Lake funeral service, we can receive this directly from the registrar when you register the death. Simply provide the Registrar with our telephone number (0800 464 7277) and email address ([email protected]).
Whilst the registration of the death itself is free of charge, the death certificate will cost £11. We recommend you purchase multiple copies of the certificate as it is required in the resolution of other legal matters following a death, and additional copies will cost more to be printed at a later date
Who can register the death?
Most people assume that only the deceased’s next of kin are eligible to register their death, but there are actually few different people who are able to do this.
Typically, a close relative will register the death but it can also be registered by someone who was present when the individual died or another resident of the home where they died. If they passed in a public building such as a hospital, an official working there can register the death. Whoever is making the funeral arrangements with the funeral director is also eligible to register the death.
Where can you register a death in Aylesbury?
A death can be registered at your local registrar. If the death occurred in Buckinghamshire, then it will be registered with the Buckinghamshire County Registrar. Appointments can be registered over the phone, or you can call them on 01296 382 581 during the hours of 9am-4:30pm, Monday to Friday. You can visit them at Buckinghamshire Registrar, Walton Street Offices, Walton St, Aylesbury, HP20 1XF but please book an appointment beforehand.
If the death occurred at Milton Keynes Hospital you will need to contact Milton Keynes Register Office, their contact number is 01908 372 101, and their opening hours are the same as the Buckinghamshire County Registrar. (9am-4:30pm, Monday to Friday)
If the death occurred at Wexham Park Hospital you will need to contact Slough Register Office, they can be reached on 01753 787 600. Their opening hours differ, so we have included those below:
Finally, If the death occurred at the John Radcliffe Hospital you will need to contact the Oxfordshire Registration Office.
How do you register a death?
Appointments to registering a death can be booked over the phone. But in order to complete the registration process a number of documents are required, and it is useful to have these all to hand when you make the call. Below, we have compiled a list of the required information, so you can use it as a checklist before you begin the process.
- Their full name and any previous names
- Their date and place of birth
- The date and location of their death
- Their address
- Their occupation or retired status
- Whether they were the recipient of a pension or public funds allowance
- Their NHS card (where possible)
- Any partner’s names and date of birth (if they were married/in a civil partnership)
Tell Us Once Service
Once the death has been registered, it means that the Aylesbury local authority has been informed of the individuals passing, and their cause of death. It also means that there is a formal record that they have died. However, there are other government departments that also need to be informed, such as HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC), Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA), the Passport Office and the local council.
In order to ease this process, the government has a simple Tell Us Once service that notifies the main departments here. This saves you the task of informing them all individually.
What happens once the death has been registered?
Once you have registered the death, and the Registrar has issued you the green form, a cremation or burial can take place. You don’t have to wait to register the death before making arrangements however.
At Willow Lake, we offer affordable and respectful funeral services in Aylesbury at a fixed price of £1995, without any hidden fees or upfront costs. Information about our funeral directors in Aylesbury can be found here.