What To Do When Someone Dies

The vast majority of people will at some stage suffer the sad experience of a death in the family. It is often a difficult time and there will be a lot to think about and do.

One of the first steps will be to register the death. This must be done in the district in which the death took place, or in which the body was found. The person registering the death will usually be a close relative and is called the informant.

If the death took place in Norwich then an appointment should be made by the person who will be registering the death (the informant) at either:

1. Norwich Registry Office, The Archive Centre, County Hall, Martineau Lane Norwich NR1 2DQ or
2. Earlham Library, Colman Road Norwich NR4 7HG

The appointment can be made by telephoning 0344 8008020.

The registrar of the district will need medical evidence of the cause of death. This is usually provided by the doctor certifying the death who issues a medical certificate. The doctor will usually hand the medical certificate to the informant to give to the registrar at the appointment they have arranged.

In addition to the medical certificate the registrar will need certain information about the deceased and their family. This information will include not only the deceased's full name and address but also any pervious names (eg if female their maiden name), the place they were born in and their occupation.

When the registrar has all the information he or she needs, they make an entry in the register, which the informant signs. The registrar will then be able to provide the informant with one or more certificates of death. There is a small charge payable for each certificate required.

This is only the first in a number of steps which need to be taken when someone dies. If you or your family need any help at this difficult time either with this process or anything else following a death please contact us and let us help.

We can be reached on 01603 620508 or by emailing us using the email link below.