Registering the death is regarded as the beginning of making the funeral arrangements. If the death has been registered, the Council may not be able to help in further arrangements, or make any payments.
You can find information about registering a death on the Lincolnshire County Council website. You cannot finalise the date for a funeral until you have registered the death. The date may also be affected if the death has to be reported to the coroner.
Once the registration service has received the medical cause of death certificate from the hospital or GP surgery, a registrar will call the next of kin to gather the relevant information from the informant. Following the registration the death certificate(s) and other information will be sent by post. By law, this should still happen within five days of the death occurring. However, there may be some unforeseen delays, especially when a Coroner is involved.
Normally, relatives of the deceased will appoint a funeral director to organise the funeral. Their duties may include the moving of the body, arranging viewing of the deceased, and providing a coffin and hearse, among other things.
The most common types of funeral services fall under these four basic categories:
- Traditional Full Service Burial
- Direct Burial
- Full Service Cremation
- Direct Cremation