Every death which occurs in England must be registered, usually within five days. We will explain and guide you through the procedure, which varies slightly when the Coroner becomes involved.

In Suffolk, it is possible to register at any one of the county Register Offices (an appointment is required), and if the death occurred outside Suffolk one may Register by Declaration, to avoid having to travel to the local office.

Only certain people are able to Register; those qualified to give information about the deceased usually include a close relative, the person responsible for the funeral (but not the Funeral Director) or a person present at the death. We will be pleased to provide transport to and from the Registrars Office where needed.

The Registrar will require the Medical Cause of Death Certificate – normally issued by the Doctor. It is also helpful (but not essential) to take the following documents with you: Birth Certificate, NHS Medical Card, and if applicable, Marriage Certificate.


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The personal details of the deceased which the Registrar will need to know include the following:

  • Full name (and maiden name for a married woman)
  • Date and place of birth
  • Date and place of death
  • Last usual address
  • Occupation and date of birth of surviving spouse
  • Whether in receipt of a pension or allowance of public funds

The Registrar will issue a green certificate (for burial or cremation). This should be handed to your Funeral Director as soon as possible, as it is required to authorise the release of the body when a person has died in hospital and it enables the funeral arrangements to be carried out. You will also be able to obtain Certified Copies of the Entry of Death (Death Certificates) on payment of the prescribed fee. These will be required for obtaining Probate or Letters of Administration, for insurance companies, banks, private pension schemes and other legal affairs.


When someone dies unexpectedly, it is normal for the Coroner to be involved, especially if they had not been seen by a doctor within the last fortnight.

Sudden, accidental or unexpected deaths will be reported to the Coroner, who is appointed by Crown. Arrangements are made through the local police for the deceased to be removed to the coroner’s mortuary pending further enquiries. A coroner’s officer will liaise with the next of kin and keep them informed of events.

From the information gathered, the Coroner will decide whether a post mortem examination is necessary. This in turn may determine whether a formal inquiry or Inquest must be held. Every effort will be made to minimise the delay to funeral arrangements. At all stages, however, we will maintain contact with the Coroner’s office and we are able to explain what to expect and the timescale involved.

The procedure of registration is slightly different where the Coroner becomes involved; again we will gladly advise what is required.

quotes_start Thank you so much for your professionalism, kindness and thoughtfulness at a very distressing time. We are so grateful that the whole situation was handled so well and everything was thought of for us. quotes_end