What happens next?

It’s always a difficult and confusing time when a loved one passes, but our experienced and friendly team are here to guide you and answer any questions you might have. Every funeral is different, but below is a guide as to what usually happens and in what order.

Collect certificate

You will need to get a Medical Certificate of Death (MCOD) from a healthcare practitioner – either the person’s GP, or the hospital where the person died. This certificate shows the details of the person and the medical cause of death.

Book an appointment with the registrar

When you have the MCOD, you will need to visit the registrar to register the death. A death certificate will cost £11.

In Oxfordshire, you can call the registry office on 0345 241 2489 or visit www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/registration.

A death should be registered within five days but registration can be delayed for another nine days if the registrar is told that a medical certificate has been issued.

Oxfordshire registry office

Telephone: 0345 241 2489


Prepare for registrar visit

The registrar needs certain information to be able to register the death:

  • Date and place of death
  • Full name of the deceased
  • Their date and place of birth
  • Their occupation
  • Their usual address
  • If the deceased had a state pension or any benefits
  • The name and date of birth of their surviving husband or wife, if applicable

You will also need to bring the medical certificate.

From the registrar you will receive:

A Certificate for Burial or Cremation – we will need this to arrange the funeral

A copy of the Death Certificate – you may need this for your records

Contact us

When you have a Certificate for Burial or Cremation, get in touch with us on 01235 528 293 or email info@edcarterfd.co.uk.

If you would like to talk to one of our advisors at any stage before this, you are welcome to contact us and ask any questions.


Commitment with Compassion


We are committed to giving unrivalled, experienced support throughout the whole process and with all arrangements.

We really care about each and every family that we are privileged enough to help, and pride ourselves on offering a compassionate, supportive, human touch during this distressing time.

To find out more about our services, or for an informal chat about your personal requirements, please get in touch.

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107 South Avenue, Abingdon, Oxfordshire OX14 1QS

Telephone: 01235 528293

Email: enquiries@edcarterfd.co.uk

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