Registering A Death

The Funeral Director cannot register the death for you. You - or a relative, executor or legal representative - must register the death. This must be done within 8 days, but preferably as soon as possible, and must be before the burial or cremation takes place. Indeed, no other arrangements can be made until the Medical Certificate is issued.

The death may be registered either in the registration area where the death occurred or in the area where the deceased normally resided. For example, for someone dying at Wishaw General Hosptial, who normally lived in Lanark, the death could be registered either in the Civic Centre, Motherwell or in Lanark Registrar's Office.

When registering a death:

You will need to take with you:

The Registrar will give you:

The Funeral Director will be able to help and advise you with the above. Arrangements which concern the Church are made directly (and not through the Funeral Director) with the Parish Priest.

For an "Arranging a Funeral" brochure click here

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