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What To Do When A Death Occurs?

Paying your final respects to a loved one can be difficult. If you're unsure about what needs to be done, don't worry, our funeral directors at S. Carter & Son in Wickford, Essex, will provide you with everything you need.

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The death of a loved one can be a very distressing and troubling time, this can make it difficult to know what to do next. This page aims to guide you through the necessary steps and give you advice and understanding on the administrative procedures.
First steps

Registering a death

To book an appointment to register a death, please contact the Essex County Council registration service on 0345 603 7632. Appointments can be booked over the phone from 8.30am to 5.00pm, Monday to Friday. Alternatively you can book an appointment online at

You have a legal requirement to register the death within 5 working days except in certain circumstances, where the period may be extended to 14 days. If the coroner is investigating the death, after the investigation is over, the registrar’s office will notify you when you are able to attend.

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Who can register a death?

  • A relative
  • A person present at the death
  • A legally registered civil partner
  • Someone who lives in the house where the person died
  • A person arranging the funeral with the funeral director
  • A responsible person from the hospital or home where the person died
For details of what information is needed for registration, please click more information.
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To find out about what to do when a death occurs, call S. Carter & Son in Wickford, Essex on
01268 733 108

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