First steps when someone has died
Read about the first steps that need to be taken immediately after someone has died, whether this was at home, in a hospital or in a care home.
Getting a medical certificate
If the death was expected, and the cause of death is clear, a GP will need to issue a medical certificate to confirm the cause of death.
Preparing to register a death
We explain how to formally register a death and what information you’ll need.
Registering a death
After the medical certificate of death has been issued, the next stage is to register the death. Here, we explain what happens.
Checklist: what to take with you when registering a death
Our checklist of what to take with you when registering a death will help this upsetting experience run smoothly.
Tell Us Once
This government-run service allows you to report the death of a loved one to most departments in one go, so you don’t have to contact each separately.
If your loved one dies abroad
If your loved one dies abroad, you will need to follow the regulations of that particular country. See our guidance on what you will need to do.
Coroners and post-mortem examinations
If it’s not clear why your loved one died, the death may be reported to a coroner who will decide if a post-mortem examination is needed.
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