Sixth Generation Family Business
After a bereavement, it is usual for people to not know what to do next. Below is some help and guidance that our family feel will be helpful to you. For more help please call A.J.Sellman Funeral Directors and ask to speak to Ralph or Edward Poole or one of our trained members of staff.
In most cases you will need to register the death within five days and it is best to visit the registrar in the area in which the person died. This will help avoid delays getting the necessary documents. The following people can register a death:
To register the death you need to arrange an appointment with the registrar at the registery office. Details of the local registry offices are below. You will need to give the registrar:
If the person who has died is a married woman, you will need to give her maiden name and her husband's full name and occupation. Local Registrars
You will need to give the registrar:
You can buy copies of the Death Certificate (sometimes known as the Entry of Death form) from the registrar for a small fee, which varies from region to region. You will need these for official purposes such as closing bank accounts and pension schemes.
Under certain circumstances the death must be reported by the doctor, hospital or registrar to the coroner (England and Wales) or procurator fiscal (Scotland).
This means that there will be a post mortem or inquest and you may have to delay your plans for the funeral.
In this case there will be no Cause of Death Certificate. The death will be registered once the coroner has made a decision. The time this takes will vary.
Once we have your loved one or friend in our care we will take care for them with respect, dignity and sensitivity at our funeral home.
We recommend hygienic treatment (embalming) because it delays the natural processes that take place after death. This is particularly important if you want to visit the person in the chapel of rest. We wash and dress everyone in our care and we can dress your loved one or friend in their own clothing if you wish.
Our family will carry out your wishes carefully and respectfully but, if you would like to help us look after your loved one, please let us know.
When your loved one or friend is in our care you will need to think about arranging their funeral.