When someone dies, there are many decisions and arrangements to be made, starting with obtaining a death certificate. Unfortunately, these decisions have to be made at a time of great personal distress. here at Infinity Funerals, we have put together the following guide, intended to help you by explaining some of the things you need to do next, including how to register a death.
You will need to inform a number of people and organisations and complete certain documents required by law. If you are a relative or friend, you may do some of these things yourself. These first steps include:
A death must be registered within five days from the date it occurred. This period may be extended if the Coroner is involved and in other exceptional circumstances. The registration must take place in the district in the location where the death occurred. In the Wakefield district, you will be able to register at either of the offices below.
If it is difficult for you to get the appropriate registration office, you may visit your local Register Office and declare the necessary information. Please be mindful that registration by declaration will usually delay the issue of the document needed for the funeral arrangements. If you need further advice and help, please telephone either:
71 Northgate, Wakefield, Town Hall, WF12QW
Pontefract Registration Office
Town Hall, Pontefract, WF8 1PG
Both offices above are open from Monday to Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Please either telephone for an appointment or make an appointment online at ww.wakefield.gov.uk/registeradeath
Please allow approximately 30 minutes to complete the registration process, or up to 40 minutes if you wish to use the Tell Us Once Service.
In some cases, a death will be referred to the coroner for investigation. Once the coroner’s investigations are completed, they will provide written notification to the registrar for the registration to proceed. Contact the coroner at: