The exact process following a death will depend on where and in what circumstances the person died. Click the icon that most closely matches your circumstances to get a guide to what you need to do.
What to do immediately after a death when the person...
Less Immediate Jobs
There are other tasks that need to be completed in the days following a death, but while important to complete them, you shouldn’t worry about getting them all done straight away. You may need to have a day to take care of yourself, but even if you feel you don’t, it often helps to have a friend or relative complete these jobs either with you, or sometimes on your behalf.
Get the Medical Certificate
To be able to register the person’s death, you will need the Medical Certificate of the Cause of Death – often shortened to MCCD or simply Medical Cert. This will be issued by the person’s GP practice if they died at home or in a care setting, or the Bereavement Office/Patient Affairs Office if they died in a hospital.
Register the death
When you have the medical certificate, you can begin the process of registering the death. In Dacorum, you will need to call the Hertfordshire Registrar’s Service to make an appointment to do this.
Their number is:
0300 123 4045
When you have an appointment, the Hemel Hempstead Register Office is at:
Talk it over
You may want to take some time now to talk over the type of funeral you wish to arrange with other members of the family or those people particularly close to you or the deceased person.
Will it be a burial or cremation? Traditional or modern? Religious or not?
Information on all of these choices, and more, is available on our web site.
Call us to begin arranging the funeral
This is where we can begin to get the instructions from you and arrange the funeral service.
We will take some details from you over the phone so that some of the necessary paperwork can be completed in advance of your meeting, and when we meet with you, we will complete all of the statutory documentation and discuss the rest of the instructions. Our Funeral Arrangers will guide you through the process and ensure that we understand exactly what you want and deliver the funeral that your loved one deserves.