The death of a person will need to be registered with the local registry office, or in Kent, at the local library near to where the person has died. Sometimes, a death can be registered outside of the local area where the person has died. The death cannot be registered until a Doctor or Coroner has issued a cause of death certificate. If there is to be an inquest, the Coroner may issue an interim death certificate. The death can be registered generally by the next of kin or the Executor dealing with the will of the deceased person.
At the same time the funeral can be arranged, but cannot proceed until either the death has been registered or the Coroner has given permission.
The funeral should be arranged by the Executor named in the will of the person who has died or alternatively the person dealing with the deceased person’s money and property.
It should then be established whether or not the person has died has left a will and professional advice may need to be sought regarding sorting out their money and property.