When a loved one dies, we do not always know immediately what to do. Paperwork and practicalities are often the last things on our mind. That’s why we have made put together this set of simple instructions for people in Hertfordshire about who you need to contact and what you need to do next.
From obtaining the death certificate, to who you need to contact, to arranging a funeral, we’ve got you covered with all you need to know about what to do when someone dies in Hertfordshire.
- Obtaining a Death Certificate in Hertfordshire
- Registering a Death in Hertfordshire
- Arranging a Funeral in Hertfordshire
Obtaining a Death Certificate in Hertfordshire
In order to obtain a death certificate from Hertfordshire County Council you will need to inform them of:
- The date and place where the death took place.
- The name of the person who has died.
Their standard service costs £11 per certificate, and you can purchase as many certificates as you need.
You can request a death certificate from Hertfordshire County Council on the HCC website, by calling them on 0300 123 4045, or by emailing them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Registering a Death in Hertfordshire
If a Coroner is not involved in determining the cause of death, then it is essential that the death is registered within 5 days. The death should be registered to the Hertfordshire County Council Registrar, who can be contacted on 0300 123 4045.
For more detailed information about registering a death, you can read Age Space’s Guide to What to Do When Someone Dies.
Who can register the death
A death in Hertfordshire can be registered by any of the following people:
- a relative of the deceased
- a person present at the death
- the occupier of the house where the death took place
- the person who is arranging the funeral
- The appointed Funeral Director
What you need to register the death
In order to register the death you will need to have a copy of the Medical Certificate of Cause of Death (MCCD), as provided by the doctor or coroner. In most cases, the doctor or coroner will be able to send this directly to Hertfordshire County Council in-line with your decision to register the death.
You may also be asked for
- the person’s NHS number
- a copy of the person’s birth certificate, if possible, to send to Hertfordshire Country Council
- the name, email, and address of your funeral director
Where you can register a death
During the Coronavirus period, deaths in Hertfordshire can only be registered over the phone on 0300 123 4045. The Hertfordshire registry offices are closed at present.
Organisations to Contact
Tell Us Once
Following the registration of a death several government departments and local services need to be informed. In the past this was a lengthy process involving a lot of paperwork. Tell Us Once removes most of the hassle of contacting organisations, as it lets you inform them all at once.
Once the death is registered the Registrar in Hertfordshire will issue you with a Tell Us Once reference number. You can then use this number to visit the Tell Us Once page of the Department for Work and Pensions and begin the process. Alternatively, you can call them on 0800 083 7308. On your behalf they will inform most government and local departments that the death has taken place. You have 28 days to use this service after registering the death.
Arranging a Funeral in Hertfordshire
It is common for people to enlist the support of a funeral director or directors’ service when arranging the funeral of a loved one. Funeral directors can assist with many of the practical elements of arranging a funeral, allowing you and your family to focus on the ceremony itself rather than the practicalities of organising it.
To find a funeral directors close to where you live in Hertfordshire, you can consult the funeral directories listed below.