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Urgent burials

If the deceased needs to be buried within 24 hours of death, you should contact us to make a priority appointment. We can issue the paperwork allowing you to arrange the burial as soon as you need to. Where possible we will also register the death, however, if there is not enough time to do this, we’ll make you an appointment to register within 5 days of the death. 

In some circumstances we may need to report the death to the coroner, meaning that we can’t issue the paperwork to you within 24 hours. 

There is a registrar on call on Saturdays, Sundays and bank holidays, between 10am and 2.30pm.   

To arrange for the registrar to call you, please send an email to and include your name, contact telephone number, the name of the deceased, and the date and place of death. Add in the subject box URGENT - burial within 24 hours. If you can’t email us yourself, ask your funeral director to do it on your behalf.


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