ARRANGING A FUNERAL
When it comes to arranging a funeral we are here to help make it as easy and as stress free as possible. At a time where you can be overwhelmed with emotions it is important to have someone there to help guide you in the right direction.
Registering a death
When someone passes away you will need to register the death with the Registrar's office in the district where the death occurred. Registering the death is the official notification to the authorities that a death has occurred, it allows you to begin the legal processes such as probate and it allows a funeral to be planned. You must register a death within five days unless a coroner is conducting an inquest into the circumstances.
Things to consider
There a several things that you will need to think about in order to arrange a funeral. These are:
Burial or cremation?
Whether the service is to be a religious or non religious one?
Where the service is to be held. For example church, cemetery or crematorium chapel?
Will any limousines be required?
When a death occurs within North Tyneside, an appointment should be made to register the death at North Tyneside Registrars Office.
North Tyneside District Registrars
1 Howard Street
Tel: (0191) 6436164 Option 2
What you will need to tell the registrar
- The person’s full name at the time of death
- Any names previously used, eg maiden name
- The person’s date and place of birth
- Their last address
- Their occupation
- The full name, date of birth and occupation of a surviving or late spouse or civil partner
- Whether they were getting a State Pension or any other benefits
You must have “The Medical Certificate of Cause of Death”. This will be given to you by the GP or by the hospital. You may also need to take the persons:
- Birth certificate
- Council Tax bill
- Driving licence
- Marriage or civil partnership certificate
- NHS medical card
- Proof of address (e.g. utility bill)