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In Times of Bereavement

If Death Occurs At Home

1. Telephone the doctor who will visit to confirm that death has taken place.

2. Contact a funeral director.

3. Arrange to collect the doctor's Medical Certificate of Death (usually from the surgery).

4. Take this to the Registrars Office, (together with the deceased's Medical Card and Birth Certificate, if available) for the area in which the death took place. Alternatively you can register by declaration at any convenient Registrars Office but certificates will not be available as these will have to be posted to you a few days later.

5. The Registrar will normally issue a Green coloured certificate for you to give to your funeral director who will look after necessary arrangements for the funeral. The Registrar will also issue a white notification certificate for the DSS. They will also enquire as to the number of Certified Copies you require for dealing with the deceased finances (a fee is payable for each copy).

If The Death Occurs In Hospital

1. Contact a funeral director to inform him his services are required.

2. Collect the certificate from the hospital then follow 4 - 5 as above

Note For Cremation

Your funeral director will usually liaise directly with the surgery regarding the additional certification required.


Local Registrars Office

Dorset Registration Service

King George V Pavilion, Peter Grant Way (Off Church Road), Ferndown, BH22 9EN.

Tel: 01305 225153     Monday-Thursday 9am - 5pm

                                   Friday 9am - 5.45pm

                                   Saturday 9am - 4.45pm

Contact the registrar by phone to make an appointment.


Local Funeral Directors

Nicholas O'Hara                                            A.E Jolliffe & Son                          Co-Operative Funeral Care

128 Station Road                                          17 Victoria Road                          The Lawns,  8 Victoria Road

West Moors                                                      Ferndown                                           Ferndown

Tel: 01202 895875                                      Tel: 01202 872050                              Tel: 01202 870404

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