What to do following a Bereavement:

As your Funeral Director, we will take care of all the arrangements and paperwork required to organise the funeral and we will care for your loved one up until the day of the funeral. We will also assist with any burial of cremated remains if required.

We will consult and advise you from the outset, we are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to guide you through the funeral process.

The only aspect of the funeral process we, as funeral directors, can not do is to register the death. This usually is done by a relative or executor of the deceased.

Other people who can register a death are:

  • Someone present at the death
  • An official from a hospital
  • The person making the arrangements with the Funeral Director.

Registering a Death:

When a death occurs from natural causes at home, in a nursing home or in hospital, the deceased's usual doctor or the doctor who treated them during their last illness, may agree to issue a Medical Certificate of the Cause of Death which the person registering will need to take with them to the registrar.

Registration should take place in the district in which the death occurred within 5 working days.

An appointment is required to register a death. Here are the telephone numbers required to make an appointment:

  • Skipton / North Yorkshire Registrar – 01609 780780
  • Bradford / Keighley Registrar – 01274 432151
  • Airedale Hospital Registrar (via Patient Affairs) - 01535 652511

Remember these numbers are for central offices, be sure to ask for an appointment at the office of your choice.

If available, the following documents should be taken when registering a death:

  • Medical Certificate of the cause of Death
  • The deceased's birth certificate
  • NHS medical card
  • Marriage or civil partnership certificates.

The Registrar will require the following information:

  • The persons full name at the time of death
  • Any previous names
  • The persons date and place of birth
  • Their last address
  • Their occupation
  • The full name, date of birth and occupation of surviving spouse or civil partner

The Registrar will assist you with the process of cancelling any state benefits and state pensions.

In the case of the registration of a death from natural causes, the registrar will issue a certificate for burial or cremation (green form) which is required by the funeral director.

The Registrar will ask if the person registering requires any copies of the entry of the death on the register (Death Certificates) Originals will be required for bank accounts, insurance policies etc. There is a charge for these copies.

When the Coroner is involved:

Sometimes the Coroner will need to be informed when the doctor is unable to issue the Medical Certificate of the Cause of Death. In these circumstances the Coroner's office will produce the certificate once the cause of death has been established, this will be sent to the registrar and you will be informed when you are able to register.

Contact Detail
The Old Stable
51 Bridge Street

BD22 7PX

Tel: 01535 643233
Email: Lyndon M Leeson
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