Following the death of someone there are many practical jobs to be done and it may be useful to have help of a family member or friend. There are a lot of arrangements to be made and it may be difficult for you to retain information during this time.
We hope that you will find the information below helpful.
What to do first
Obtaining the death certificate - If your partner, relative or friend has died in a hospital, the hospital doctor will issue a Medical Certificate of Cause of Death.
Registering the death - You will need to make an appoitment at any of the Registrar's office in East Sussex County Council locality as soon as possible to formally register the death and need to take the Medical Certificate with you. This is a legal document and needs to be registered withing five days of death.
If your partner, relative or friend has died at home within either East or West Sussex Council locality the certificate would need to be obtained from their GP.
If the person has died at home within the West Sussex County Council locality, you would need to take the Medical Certificate of Cause of Death to the registrar's office in West Sussex County Council Area.
If the person died at home in East Sussex County Council locality, you would need to take the Medical Certificate of Cause of Death to the registrar's office in East Sussex.
If it is not convenient for you to register the death in the County Council area where the person was at the time of death, for example if you live some distance away, you may prefer to make a declaration of the death at your local registration office in another district. Staff from your local registration office will be able to offer you advice on the procedure for this.
Lewes Register Office
Phone: 0345 6080198
The core opening hours are 9am — 5pm Monday to Friday, the office is closed for lunch between 12.30pm — 1.30pm.
Please contact the office to make an appointment before your visit.
Phone 03456 080198
The core opening hours are 9am - 5pm Monday to Friday, the office is closed for lunch between 12.30pm — 1.30pm.
The registration service is offered from a private room within the Library. Please advise staff at the enquiries desk that you have arrived and they will show you to the waiting area. The registrar will then collect you for your appointment.
Haywards Heath Register Office
34 Boltro Road
Burgess Hill Register Office
96 Church Walk
To book an appointment please call: 01243 642122
You must have the medical cause of death certificate from the doctor before you can register a death. If the death is refered to the coroner they will issue the medical paperwork directly to the registrar. The coroner’s officer will usually contact you when the paperwork has been completer so you can make an appointment to register the death.
When you see the registrar
One of the following can regiter a death:
A relative of the deceased
Someone who was present at the death
Someone organising the funeral
What you need to take with you:
The Medical Certificate of Cause of Death
The Medical Card if available
The Registrar will need to know the following:
Date and place of death
Full name, date and place of birth
Marital or civil partnership status
Original name prior to any marriage or civil partnerships
Occupation of deceased
The date of birth of surviving partner
The Registrar will give you two forms, white & green
A certificate for burial or cremation - known as the green form - this is needed by the funeral director (unless the coroner is involved)
A certificate for the Department of Social Security (DWP) - Form BD8, together with a pre-paid envelope for you to send this off
Who to inform about the death
There are various people who need to be informed of the death and it may be useful to use the checklist below:
Please CLICK HERE to download a PDF version.
People to inform
DWP - benefits or pension stopped
Tel: 0800 169 0310
Inland Revenue (HMRC)
Banks/Building Societies/Credit Card Companies
Local Tax Scheme
Insurance Life Insurance
Companies Car insurance
Morgage company/Land Registry
Social Services - if involved
Relevant Hospital Doctor
Utility providers - gas, water etc.
School/College - if applicable
National Savings and Investments
Telephone company inc mobile
If already a grave owner notify the local council of any changes
Things to cancel
Care/household services: home help, meals on wheels, cleaner etc.
Appointments: Hospital, dentist, opticians etc.
Redirect mail if required
Milk if delivered
To Stop Junk Mail, visit www.stopmail.co.uk
Items to return
Medicines: return to Pharmacy
Driving Licence: return to DVLA
Any equipment borrowed from Social Services or Hospital - commode, walking sticks, wheelchair etc.
Passport: return to passport agency
Season tickets/concessionary travel documents - bus pass to relevant company
Disabled parking (Blue Badge) to County Council
Car insurance certificate
Car registration documents - for change of ownership
Certified copies of the death certificate can be purchased. These are shown to insurance companies, banks, building societies etc. to prove that the death has occured. As some organisations may not accept a photocopy of the certificate, it may be better to obtain more copies at the time of registration of the death.
The Registrar can notify Adult Social Care for you if they have been involved with the deceased. They can also give you an envelope for you to return any Blue Badges held and also an envelope for the reurn of bus passes.
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