ALEXANDER BUCHAN & SON
Independent Family Run Funeral Directors Established 1945
Email: funerals@alexanderbuchanfunerals.com or Phone: 01346 518245 for 24 Hour dedicated service
ARRANGING A FUNERAL

Our services to you start when you contact us, whether by telephone or calling personally to the office and extend often way beyond the day of the funeral.

We are ready to help immediately, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and are here to guide you every step of the way

How to obtain a death certificate -
The doctor or hospital will issue a death certificate, provided there are no unusual circumstances or the cause of death is quite clear. In some cases a post-mortem examination may be required to determine cause of death or if there are unusual circumstances the death will be reported to the Procurator Fiscal.

The Procurator Fiscal has a duty to investigate all sudden, suspicious, accidental, unexpected and unexplained deaths and any death occurring in circumstances that give rise to serious public concern.

If the deceased is reported to the Procurator Fiscal or has a post-mortem examination, the funeral service will be delayed until enquiries are complete, which can sometimes take anything between a few days or weeks, the funeral director will liaise directly with the relevant department and keep you informed on progress.

We will arrange an appointment for you to register the death.

How to Register a Death.

To register the death you need to have a simple interview with the registrar at the register office.

Who can register-

  • Any relative (this includes the spouse or civil partner of the person who died or a relative by marriage or civil partnership)
  • Any person present at the death
  • The executor or other legal representative
  • The occupier of the premises where the death took place
Documents required-
  • Death certificate (Medical certificate/Form 11)
  • The person's birth and marriage or civil partnership certificates, if available.
  • Any certificate or document relating to any pension, benefits, or allowances which the person was receiving from public funds
  • NHS medical card, if available.
Details required-
  • The full name of the person who has died
  • Their full address
  • Their date of birth
  • Details of where and when the person died
  • Their occupation (if any)
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