When a person dies, either the next-of-kin or an executor will need to organise a funeral. They will normally contact a Funeral Director to arrange a burial or cremation in accordance with the wishes of the deceased person.
Exhumations are generally rare and tend to be traumatic for the family involved. They can take a long time to arrange and are usually expensive. For these reasons, it is always best to consult with all the relatives before proceeding. Exhumation of both buried and cremated remains generally requires a Home Office licence.
It is often assumed, quite wrongly, that funerals can be arranged only with the services of a funeral director. Some people, however, find great comfort from being involved, partly or totally, in the arrangements for the funeral of a loved one.
If the death has been referred to the coroner, it cannot be registered until the registrar has received authority from the coroner to do so. If the death has not been referred to the coroner and you have a medical certificate of cause of death from the doctor, go to the registrar as soon as possible.
When a child is still-born it is necessary to register the still-birth in the district in which it occurred. Although this may be arranged through any register office in England or Wales, it needs to be done within 42 days, and may not be done more than three months after the still-birth occurred.