One thing we’ve found that people often struggle with is obtaining the necessary documentation for a funeral. When you’ve lost a loved one, everything can seem confusing and complex to successfully navigate.

What to do when someone passes away

Even in difficult circumstances, there are still things that need to be done relatively soon after the loved one has passed away. Below is some information to try and make things as easy and straightforward as possible for you. 

Register the death. A death needs to be registered within 5 days, and you will need to go to a registry office to do so. The registry office should be one in the local area to the person who has passed away. You will have to make sure you take some paperwork with you to make this process as smooth as possible, these include: 

  1. NHS medical card or number 
  2. Marriage or civil partnership certificate 
  3. Driving licence (if they have one) 
  4. Birth certificate
  5. Proof of address

When you get there, you will have to give the registry office some information about the deceased, so it is best to be prepared with their full name (as well as any other names they have had, including maiden names), the persons date and place of birth and death, their most recent occupation and their usual address. 

Once this has been completed, the registrar will provide you with a cremation or burial certificate, giving permission for the deceased to be cremated or buried, a certificate of registration of death, and the certificate of death, which is legalisation of the death. Funeral directors are usually able to take care of this for you, and it is something we can help with, so please get in touch if you need anything at all during this process.

We’re here to support you

The caring and friendly team at T. Allen Funeral Service are always here to support you, your family, and your friends, whatever the complexities of the situation.

We are sensitive and open minded about all religious beliefs, style inclinations, and individual or family requirements. This is something we take particular pride in – our funerals are welcoming to all and are free for you to tailor and adapt to your preferences or the instructions of the deceased, as we strongly believe this level of freedom helps with the grieving process.

Get in touch

The event of a bereavement leaves lots of questions in the minds of the family and friends of the deceased. We’ve created a FAQ page to help mitigate some of the pressing questions that may be on your mind when organising a loved one’s funeral.

We’re committed to helping you with funeral arrangements in Kent and beyond.

If you still have unanswered questions, we’re on hand to discuss your requirements or anything at all that may be causing you concern. Don’t hesitate to get in touch with us for advice and guidance for anything funeral related. During this time of change in your life, we strive to remain constant in our services and guidance for your benefit.