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Organising a burial within 24 hours of death

You can contact us to make a priority appointment if the deceased needs to be buried within 24 hours of death. We can issue the necessary paperwork so you can organise the burial as soon as you need to. Where possible we will also register the death, however, if there is insufficient time to to do this, we will make you an appointment for you to register within 5 days of the death occurring.

In some circumstances we may need to report the death to the coroner. This will mean we're not able to 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. and add in the subject box URGENT - burial within 24 hours. If you do not have access to email please ask your funeral director to do this on your behalf.

Tell Us Once

Tell Us Once is an optional free service that lets you report a death to most government organisations and council departments in one go.  

When you register a death with us, the registrar will ask you if you want to use this service.  Find out more about Tell Us Once.

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