Arranging a Funeral

A funeral is the last chance to say goodbye to a loved one. Here at Fosters Funeral Directors we understand that this can be a very emotional time. It is of paramount importance that the arrangements are carefully considered as they can only be carried out once. The majority of arrangements are made around what is termed a ‘traditional’ funeral; however, many people today like to honour their loved one differently, and so we will endeavour to help you carry out your wishes.

First Steps

Our job is to help you at this difficult time. Here we give the first steps of what to do to arrange a funeral.

What to do when someone dies

When someone dies it is very important to contact the Funeral Director. Fosters Funeral Directors prides itself on being able to offer a 24 hour service 365 days a year providing help and advice on what needs to be done and by whom. With over many years of experience we have encountered nearly all situations. Please view the links below. These are intended to help by guiding you step by step through a very difficult time.

When a death occurs at home

When death occurs in hospital

When death occurs elsewhere

Registering a Death

How to register a death with the Registry Office in Scotland

Once the Doctor or Hospital has issued the Medical Certificate (form 11), the Next Of Kin or Applicant must register the death within 8 days at the Registry Office anywhere in Scotland, some offices may wish you to make an appointment.

The person registering the death will be asked for the following information about the deceased:

• The date and place of death.

• The full name and usual address. (and maiden name if applicable)

• The date and place of birth.

• The occupation. (and name and occupation of her husband if applicable)

• The full name and usual address of the Next Of Kin / Applicant.

A Death Certificate can then be obtained on payment of the prescribed fee. This will be needed for closing bank accounts and making claims on insurance policies.

The Registrar will issue you with a white document (form 14) required by the funeral director for Burial or Cremation. An abbreviated Death Certificate which is issued free of charge and if you require a full Death Certificate there is a charge, the current fee is £10 per document, sometimes family wish to purchase more than one, for banks, insurance companies etc. You will also be given a special document which is for Social Security purposes to cancel the payment of pensions and allowances.