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Before Arranging The Funeral

Funeral Plans


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.

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Funeral Plans

The passing of a loved one often prompts many people to consider the provisions they have made for the future. With this in mind, we can offer advice on funeral planning. With a funeral plan, you can relieve your family of the financial stress and any worries about your funeral arrangements.

McBride & Sons are proud to recommend funeral plans from Golden Charter, the UK’s leading independent funeral plan providers. More than 840,000 people in Great Britain have planned their funerals, over 250,000 of them with Golden Charter. Golden Charter provides a range of funeral plans which offer comfort and security for you and your family. By choosing to plan ahead for your funeral, you’ll benefit from :

  • Peace of mind knowing that everything is taken care of in advance
  • The reassurance that your family won’t have to cope with any uncertainty or worries about your funeral arrangements
  • Saving money by fixing the cost of your funeral at today’s prices
  • Complete financial security - your money is held securely
  • When you choose cremation, a guarantee of nothing more to pay for the services within our control.

  • Acceptance is guaranteed, regardless of age or state of health.

    If you would like to know more about the benefits of a pre-paid funeral plan, please contact us.

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    We are members of The National Society Of Allied & Independent Funeral Directors. For more information regarding SAIF please visit their website at


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