It is a legal requirement for a death to be registered within five working days.
This has to be done before you can finalise all the funeral arrangements.
In most cases this is straightforward and the basic details are given below.
A person's death should be registered in the district where they have died. The area for this hospital is administered by the Registrar's Office in Weybridge.
The Office of the Registrar of Births and Deaths
81 Oatlands Drive
Telephone: 0300 200 1002
Monday-Friday, 09.00am-16.30pm except Wednesday’s when the office opens at 09.30am.
It is important to telephone to make an appointment so that you can.
What do you need to take?
- The Medical Certificate of Cause of Death issued by the hospital (this will be given to you by the Bereavement Office).
It may be useful to take:
- Your child's medical card.
- Your child's birth certificate.
Although it is usual for a parent to register a child's death, it is sometimes possible for a member of hospital staff or a relative or friend to act on your behalf; this is best discussed first with the Registrar.
The Registrar will issue a green form. This allows the burial or cremation to take place. (If the Coroner is involved, he will advise you when to collect the green form). This form is to be given to the Funeral Director. Form BD8," Notification of the Registrar of Death"; will be needed if you wish to apply to the Department for Work and Pensions for a funeral grant. The registration and issue of these forms is free. A certified copy of the death certificate is also available which currently costs £11.00 – Standard 5 day delivery, £16.00 – 2 day Priority delivery, or £25.00 - Print while you wait service in Guildford. This is essential if arranging a funeral abroad or if your child had any savings accounts.
To apply for a funeral grant you will need to download form SF200 from: www.gov.uk
Department of Pastoral Care
Ashford and St Peter's Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has a team of Chaplains and volunteers who are available 24-7 to provide pastoral help to all who are bereaved, whether or not you belong to a specific faith group. Please ask one of the nursing staff if you would like support and comfort from a member of the Pastoral Care Team. If you so wish, a member of the Team could also help you to contact your own faith leader or representative.
There is a Multi-Faith Centre and Garden just outside the A&E Department in either of which you may like to spend some time alone or with someone to sit in silence with you. The Centre is open all day every day and can also be unlocked at night if it is needed.