What to do When Death Occurs

At Home – Contact the doctor and make arrangements for him or her to visit. In the case of an expected death, the doctor will give you a Medical Certificate of Death. Contact us as soon as possible so that we can provide immediate advice and support.

In Hospital – The hospital will give you the Medical Certificate of Death and tell you where registration should take place. Contact us as soon as possible so that we can provide immediate advice and support.

In a Nursing Home, Care Home or Hospice – The home or hospice will contact you and inform you where the Medical Certificate of Death may be collected from. Contact us as soon as possible so that we can provide immediate advice and support.

If death is sudden, suspicious, accidental or unexplained the police should be called, they will arrange for a doctor to attend the scene.

Registrar

By law a death must be registered, within 5 days, by the next of kin, a close relative or a friend, either in the district where the deceased lived, or where they died. We can assist you in getting the Registrar’s address and making an appointment. Registration requires presentation of the Death Certificate. Sometimes the deceased’s Medical Card can also be useful.

You will need to provide the Registrar with the following information concerning the deceased;

  • Place and date of both their birth and death
  • Full name
  • Home address
  • Marital status
  • Occupation
  • Maiden name and spouse’s full name and occupation, if applicable.

A green certificate for burial or cremation will be issued by the Registrar and you should pass it as soon as possible to the Funeral Director. Copies of the Death Certificate are available from the Registrar for a fee.

Phil from Sussex Funeral Services was absolutely fantastic in organising my Dad's funeral. He's done quite a few Hindu funerals before so knew exactly what we needed and organised everything on the short time we needed it done. Extremely professional and friendly.
Rajul Savani
Rajul Savani
19:56 06 Mar 20
I cannot recommend Sussex Funeral Services more highly. They handled all of our requests with great sensitivity and professionalism. Everything was explained clearly and in sufficient detail. Different service/cost options were discussed, and at no point did we feel unnecessarily overcharged. Nothing was too much trouble, they are lovely people and gave us really wonderful service.
Ann Gray
Ann Gray
06:37 20 Feb 20
It is never an easy time, saying goodbye to a loved one. Philip was great, helping us every step of the way. We had a dignified and fitting send off for my Father in law George.
dawn patram
dawn patram
13:03 19 Feb 20
I can not recommend highly enough Sussex Funeral Service extremely professional and caring and superb customer service, nothing was too much trouble in guiding us through a difficult time.
Nick Hackman
Nick Hackman
17:21 05 Feb 20
Truly an amazing funeral directors. Helped us bury my dad when it was so difficult for us. Coming from a culturally diverse background, it was nice to have people who worked around us to ensure my dad had the best, rather than have us to confirm to the service. Service is what we experienced from other funeral directors, therefore we moved to Sussex Funeral Services. I highly recommend Sussex Funeral Services for a personalised service which is people focus and they will help work within your budget.
Kenya Simpson Martin
Kenya Simpson Martin
16:33 28 Dec 19
Philip and Sallie provided a truly wonderful service at a very difficult moment in my life ....... and went the extra mile all the way round. I would thoroughly recommend them. Thank you Philip and Sally.
Really wonderful service from Phil and the team. Made everything seamless and very supportive all the way through. I would highly recommend to anyone.
bianca kokkolas
bianca kokkolas
15:17 13 Dec 19
From the moment that I met the team they were fantastic. Funerals are never an easy thing to be burdened with but the sussex funeral service helped put me and my family at ease with there attention to detail and their overall organisation. We would highly recommend their services.
Joseph B
Joseph B
14:08 13 Dec 19
Philip,I just wanted to thank you formally for all your help in designing and delivering Joyce's funeral. I didn't really know how to go about choosing a funeral director, and I'm so glad I chose you. You gave extremely good advice about the design of the service. Throughout the process you have been very helpful and gave me a lot of reassurance through your obvious good planning, professionalism and expertise. And you provided me with great people to work with - Lisa with the flowers and, in particular, the wonderful Jen.I'm sure you know that this has been the most difficult time of my life. I'm very pleased with the way that the funeral went - as were all the people there. So you have my gratitude for making it a success and for the fact that the process was more pain free than I would have dared to imagine.Warm regards,Ed Hagger
Joyce Brown
Joyce Brown
16:47 30 Aug 19