Burial registration and Funerals

It can be a difficult time when a death occurs, and those who are left behind have to decide, amongst other things, what the final arrangements will be for their loved ones.  It can be a daunting experience deciding where the final resting place should be, and how best to commemorate their life through a memorial or tribute of some kind.

Registering the Death

The death will need to be registered prior to the burial/cremation unless the Coroner has provided a Coroners Certificate to enable the burial to take place whilst they await additional information following an autopsy. You will need to make an appointment at your nearest Register Office. The Register will issue you with a death certificate/certificates, a green slips which you will require for the burial or cremation and may offer to register you for the Tell Us Once Service if they offer this service.


When arranging a funeral, it is important to remember to:

· take your time and don't make a hasty decision;

· take advice; and

· discuss the options with family and friends.  It may be that the deceased left instructions regarding the funeral or had previously expressed their wishes.

For an approved funeral director visit the National Association of Funeral Directors (NAFD) website.

You will be required to give the Funeral Director/Funeral Arranger the green slip or cremation certificate prior to any burial/cremation

Burials at the Lawn Cemetery or Hyde Cemetery cannot take place without the green slip. Interment of cremated remains will require the cremation certificate issued by the crematorium.