Whether it was expected or not, few people are sure what to do when someone dies.
There are a number of practical steps that need to be taken. Be assured that there is lots of help available to make sure that process is as simple and quick as possible. We have broken down some of the most important tasks below, with specific references to who you need to contact in Kent.
Obtaining a Death Certificate in Kent
When someone dies a doctor should be called to issue a certificate stating the cause of death, along with a document outlining who is eligible to register the death. If they have died in a nursing home or hospital then members of staff may do this on your behalf.
In some circumstances, a coroner may be involved – this could be because the doctor is unsure of the exact cause of death, or the person has died earlier than expected. Contact details for the Kent Coroners’ Office can be found below, and more information can be found here on the Kent Gov website.
Telephone: 03000 410502
Address: Coroner Service Team, Cantium House, Sandling Road, Maidstone, ME14 1XD
Registering a Death in Kent
You must register a death within 5 days of the death. You can register the death at any of the registration points in Kent, even if it is not the closest location to the deceased.
You need a medical certificate of death from the doctor before you are able to register a death. Once you have the certificate, you can make an appointment with a registrar at one of the local libraries or gateways using Kent County Council’s online booking service. A list of the libraries and gateways can be found here on the Kent Gov website.
People who can register a death, in order of priority, are:
- A relative – by blood, marriage or civil partnership
- Someone present at the death
- The occupier of the nursing/residential home/official from hospital where the death took place
- The person who found the body
- The person in charge of the body
If the death happened in Kent but you can’t attend an appointment there, then you can give the details to any registrar in England and Wales. The details will be sent to Kent Libraries, Registration and Archives who will register the death.
Tell Us Once
When someone dies, you would usually need to report the death to many organisations and government departments. The Tell Us Once scheme, which is in operation in Kent, means that you only need to provide the details to the Department for Work and Pensions once, and they will notify all relevant other organisations that need to know.
For more information about the Tell Us Once service in Kent you can call them on 03000 4151, or visit the Tell Us Once page on the Kent Gov website.
Arranging a Funeral in Kent
There is a lot to think about when planning a funeral to make sure that the ceremony is the most fitting tribute to your loved one.
Many people enlist the use of a funeral directors to help with organising a funeral. You can search for a funeral director services from the directories below.