Curtis Ilott Independent Family Funeral Directors

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Baywell House, Ellworthy Park, Frome,
Somerset, BA11 5LS

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Beechcroft, Anchor Road, Coleford,
Radstock, BA3 5PB


What to Do When Someone dies

It is usual for people to be unsure about what to do after bereavement. Curtis Ilott Independent Family Funeral Directors can take you through the initial steps and provide advice on other things you may need to think about when someone dies.

Please contact us as soon as the Doctor confirms that the Cause of Death certificate will be issued.


In order to make the funeral arrangements, we need the following information:

  • The full name of the person who has died
  • Full address
  • Date of Birth
  • Details of where and when they died
  • Confirmation of any fitted implants (Pacemaker, Radioactive device, or Fixion system)

Registering a Death

When someone dies, the death must be registered within 5 days and will normally be registered in the registrar's office for the area in which the person died. There are other ways in which a death can be registered and exceptions permitted, in special circumstances, to the normal 5-day registration period, which we can advise on as appropriate. The following information and documents will be required when registering a death:

  • Medical Certificate of the Cause of Death
  • Medical Card
  • Birth Certificate and/or Marriage Certificate

The following information will also be required by the Registrar:

  • The date and place of death
  • Full name and surname, including maiden name if the deceased was a married woman
  • Date and place of birth
  • Occupation
  • Usual address of the deceased
  • Receipts of Pensions or other public funds
  • Full name and date of birth of surviving widow/widower

Once all the information has been provided, the Registrar will issue you with the following certificates:

  • Certificate of Burial or Cremation (a green form)
  • Certified copy of the 'Entry of Death' (the Death Certificate)
  • Certificate of Registration of Death (a white form)

Further Details

Please note that the green form as described above must be delivered to the funeral director as soon as possible to enable the funeral arrangements to be made. The white form needs to be completed and forwarded together with the deceased's pension/benefit books (where applicable) to the local Department of Work & Pensions.

Additional copies of the death certificate (if required) may be obtained from the Registrar at this time upon payment of the necessary fee. Please note that most banks, building societies, or insurance companies will only accept Registrar certified copies of the Death Certificate, rather than a photocopy.

Contact Us


Please contact us if you have any further information or questions.