Useful Info

We understand that this is often a difficult time for many families, regardless of whether you're looking into cremation services for the future, or whether you're looking to commemorate a recently passed loved one yourself.

So, our frequently asked questions aim to be as honest and transparent as possible to ensure that you're never left in the dark at any stage when you're dealing with us.

What Will The Registrar Do?

They'll issue a green certificate/form, or in Scotland, a Certificate of Registration of Death Form 14. The original of this certificate will need to be sent across to us, along with the other documentation we send to you to be signed once you've chosen which of our packages you would like to proceed with.

If required, additional certified copies of the Registration of Death Form can be obtained from the Registrar, normally for a small charge. Sometimes these may be required for legal or financial purposes, so we do recommend that you ensure you have a copy of this certificate.

What If The Death Was Unexpected?

If the death was sudden, or unexpected, usually, the emergency doctor or police services will enlist the services of a specialist, to determine the cause. Within England and Wales, this is the role assigned to a Coroner. In Scotland, the Procurator Fiscal is the one that carries out this role.

This can be helpful to know, as finding yourself unsure about roles and responsibilities during an already overwhelming period can add unnecessary stress. It is also helpful to know to whom you might need to speak, or who will speak to you.


How Do I Register A Death If The Coroner Or Procurator Fiscal Is Looking Into The Death?

If this is a situation that you or a loved one finds themself in, there's no need to try and go through this alone or without advice. Get in touch with us at Caring Cremations and we will ensure that you receive the dedicated, expert advice that is needed.

Because you can't register a death until the Coroner or Procurator Fiscal gives permission, this is a critical process to navigate through and exactly the reason we wanted to set up services that are honest and transparent. We will guide you through each step of the way so you know exactly what is required of you, and who to speak to.

When Might A Coroner or Procurator Fiscal Be Involved?

Oftentimes, there are various differing circumstances where the involvement of a Coroner or Procurator Fiscal becomes necessary.

The most likely situations where this occurs involve circumstances where:

  • The cause of death was unknown,
  • The death was sudden and unexplained
  • The person who has passed was not visited by a medical examiner during their final illness
  • A medical certificate is not available
  • The person who has passed was not seen by the doctor who signed the medical certificate within 14 days before death, or after they died
  • The death occurred during an operation, or before the individual came out from underneath the effects of anaesthetic
  • The medical certificate suggests that the death may have been caused by an industrial disease, or industrial poisoning
  • The death was violent, or unnatural

Understanding these different circumstances and which individuals will be involved and when is the first step in ensuring that you or a loved one is more prepared for these different situations.

While we understand that these are difficult to consider, we also know that oftentimes procedures involving loved ones passing are confusing and frustrating when you're not privy to the right information. This is why we endeavour to provide transparency with our Direct Cremation services that sets us apart from traditional funeral homes or directors.

Our team is always on hand to answer any questions you might have - just get in touch and we'll do our very best to help you.

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