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In Times of Bereavment

If Death Occurs At Home

1. Telephone the doctor who will visit to confirm that death has taken place.

2. Contact a funeral director.

3. Arrange to collect the doctor's Medical Certificate of Death (usually from the surgery).

4. Take this to the Registrars Office, (together with the deceased's Medical Card and Birth Certificate, if available) for the area in which the death took place. Alternatively you can register by declaration at any convenient Registrars Office but certificates will not be available as these will have to be posted to you a few days later.

5. The Registrar will normally issue a Green coloured certificate for you to give to your funeral director who will look after necessary arrangements for the funeral. The Registrar will also issue a white notification certificate for the DSS. They will also enquire as to the number of Certified Copies you require for dealing with the deceased finances (a fee is payable for each copy).

If The Death Occurs In Hospital

1. Contact a funeral director to inform him his services are required.

2. Collect the certificate from the hospital then follow 4 - 5 as above

Note For Cremation

Your funeral director will usually liaise directly with the surgery regarding the additional certification required.

St Giles Hospice 

Sutton Coldfield - Every Monday 10:30am - 12:30pm (excluding bank holidays)

St Giles Hospice/Cancer Support Centre, Lindridge Road, Sutton Coldfield, B75 6JB

Lichfield - Every Wednesday 2:00pm - 4:00pm 

The Community Space, Tesco Extra, Church Street, Lichfeild, WS13 6DZ

Tamworth - Every Friday 10:00am - 12:00pm

Sacred Heart Church community Room, Silverlink Road, Tamworth, B77 2EA

St Giles Bereavement Support Information (CLICK HERE)

St Giles Information Leaflet (CLICK HERE)

St. Giles Bereavement Advice Service open 24/7 telephone 0300 330 9410 

Guide To Preferred Priorities For Care (PPC) 

Preferred Priorities For Care (PPC) is for anyone who wishes to plan for their future end of life care. It gives you an opportunity to think about, talk about and write down your preferences and wishes. 

The PPC can help you and all involved in your care understand and record what is important to you. 

If you would like more information please click here

Cruse Bereavement Care 

Cruse is a national charity that provides advice, information and support to anyone who has been bereaved (children, young people and adults), whenever or however the death occurred. The service is provided by trained, experienced volunteers and is confidential and free.

If you would like more information please click here

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