When a loved one dies, it’s natural to be concerned about what practical options to pursue. After notifying family and friends, it’s normal to be uncertain where to begin, but there are also legal criteria to fulfil to run a funeral service properly.

We’ve prepared a comprehensive set of instructions for you to follow, should you need help dealing with the difficulties involved in saying your final goodbyes to a family member.

Our goal at Middleton’s Funeral Services is to take care of you. We go about this by thoroughly explaining everything you need to think about, starting with the actions you must take in the weeks following the death of a loved one. You can rely on our team’s continued assistance throughout the process.

Throughout the bereavement, we will assist you in ensuring that your beloved one’s departure from this world is handled with care and according to social norms as well as statutory requirements.


If a death is expected, such as due to a terminal illness, contact the family doctor who will issue a medical certificate describing the reason. We can facilitate the transportation of a loved one into our care when you are ready.

If someone dies suddenly or unexpectedly, or if a physician is undecided on the cause, dial 111 for assistance. They may request a post-mortem or inquest to determine the cause, which might push back the date of burial.

A doctor will generally inform the next of kin or closest family members before issuing a medical certificate and formal notice if someone dies in the hospital. If we are collecting your loved ones and transporting them securely to our chapel of rest, we will communicate with the hospital directly so that you are kept informed throughout.

If a person dies abroad, you must report the death to the relevant authorities in the nation where he or she passed away. If you have any questions about how to do this, contact your nearest British consulate. You must also inform the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in the United Kingdom.

Take the death certificate to the registered office in the location where the burial will take place after returning. The registrar will provide you with a “certificate of no liability to register” because it has already been registered abroad. That document should be given to us so that the funeral ceremony may proceed as planned.


A medical certificate is not required, and once you obtain one you can file a death certificate. The coroner must grant permission when a medical examiner is involved. In England, you have five days to register the death with the local register office, including bank holidays and weekends.

If possible, take the deceased individual’s:

· Birth certificate
· NHS medical card or number
· Marriage or civil partnership certificate
· Driving licence

You must tell the registrar:

· full name
· Their date and place of birth
· Their date and place of death
· Their usual address
· Their most recent occupation
· Whether or not they were receiving any benefits and the name, occupation and date of birth of their spouse/partner

In exchange, the registrar will provide you with a burial or cremation certificate as well as a death certificate (which is not free). If you need assistance organising your beloved funeral, why not contact Middleton Funeral Services.