Our step-by-step funeral guide

When someone dies, the last thing you want to think about is formalities and arrangements. But there are a number of steps that are required by law.

An important part of the grieving process is to be able to give your loved one the funeral that they would have wished for.

At family-owned funeral directors Turnbulls we can help you to take all the right steps to arrange a funeral that is fitting for your loved one.

First things first

Inform the family GP: In most cases, the family doctor provides and signs a death certificate, which will be required in order to register a death.

Register the Death: All deaths must be registered by law at a register office. In England and Wales this must be done within five days, while in Scotland the time limit is eight days.

You need to take as much information/documents relating to the deceased as possible to register the death, including:

  • Death certificate
  • Birth certificate
  • Marriage certificate (if applicable)
  • NHS Medical Card
  • The deceased's full name and any previous names used
  • Their last address
  • Their occupation
  • The details of a surviving spouse or civil partner
  • Whether they were receiving any state benefits.

Use this link to find your Register Office in England and Wales

Use this link to find your Register Office in Scotland

At the register office: Assuming that there is no post-mortem, the register office will supply you with a Certificate for Burial or Cremation and a Certificate of Registration of Death. If you require any duplicates of the death certificate, you can request this at the register office. 


Death be not proud, though some have called thee Mighty and dreadfull, for, thou art not so, For, those, whom thou think'st, thou dost overthrow, Die not, poore death, nor yet canst thou kill me.

– John Donne (1572-1631) –