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How to Register a Death

When someone close to you has just died, it can be very difficult to think clearly. One of the first practical tasks that need to be done is to register the death. Although it is not essential to register the death first, the funeral director will need the “green form” from the Register Office.

To arrange an appointment to register deaths that have occurred in Kent and East Sussex you will need to contact: -

Kent County Council:

Telephone 03000 415151

Visit:  http://www.kent.gov.uk/births-ceremonies-and-deaths/deaths

 

East Sussex County Council

Telephone: 0345 608019

Visit: http://www.eastsussex.gov.uk/community/registration/offices/default.htm

 

You can find your nearest registrar here

 

The registrar will need to know:

  • full name and surname of the deceased
  • deceased’s usual address
  • date and place of death
  • marital status (single, married, widowed or divorced)
  • date and place of birth
  • occupation of the deceased
  • if the deceased was a wife or widow, the full name and occupation of her husband or deceased husband
  • maiden surname (if the deceased was a woman who had married)
  • name and address of the deceased's GP
  • details of any pension apart from a state pension that the deceased may have held

 

Once the registration is completed, you will receive:

  • a GRO21 form GR021 giving permission for the body to be buried or for an application for cremation to be made
  • a certificate of Registration of Death (form 36/BD8) - issued for social security purposes

 

Your local registrar may also give you contact details for 'Tell Us Once', a service that lets you report your loved ones death to most government organisations in one go.  Your local registrar will have given you a unique reference number to access the 'Tell Us Once service' online or by phone.