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Arranging A Funeral with Alex Willis Funeral Home


What to do when someone dies
When someone dies it is quite usual for the family to contact the funeral director, we provide a 24 hour service, 365 days a year to support families at this difficult time.

When death occurs at home
When death occurs at the home of the deceased the doctor should be contacted in order for the death to be certified. If death occurred out of surgery hours the duty doctor will need to be contacted. Once the doctor has attended, the deceased can be removed and taken to our Chapel of Rest. The deceased’s doctor will issue the “Medical Certificate of Cause of Death” which is required to register the death.

If the doctor does not know the cause of death or the deceased has not been in their care within the previous 14 days, the doctor will refer the death to the Coroner. In this instance the deceased will be taken to the local hospital.

When death occurs in hospital
When death occurs in hospital the “Medical Certificate of Cause of Death” will be issued by the doctors caring for the deceased at the hospital, this can be collected from the hospital ward.

Information on Registration

The death of the deceased should be registered within 5 days of its occurrence.

However, any death which has been reported to the Coroner or needs to be reported to the Coroner, registration cannot take place until written clearance has been given to the Registrar. In such cases the issue of the Certificate for Burial or Cremation may be delayed.

Persons qualified to act as informants
1. Relative present a death.
2. Relative present during last illness.
3. Relative residing or being in the sub district where death occurred.
4. Person present at death.
5. Occupier*, if he/she knows of the happening of the death.
6. Any inmate if he/she knows of the happening of the death.
7. The person causing the disposal of the deceased.

Duties of the informant
During registration the informant must be prepared to give to the Registrar the following particulars relating to the deceased:
1. The date and place of death.
2. Full name and surname (and maiden surname if the deceased was a married woman).
3. Date and place of birth.
4. Occupation (and if they were a married woman or widow the name and occupation of their husband).
5. Usual address
6. Whether the deceased was in receipt of a pension or any other allowance from public funds.
7. If married, the date of birth of the surviving widow(er).

Addresses of Local Registrars

4 Queen Street


Morecambe Town Hall



Marine Road




Monday – Friday


Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday

9.00a.m. – 4.30p.m.


9.30a.m. – 12.00p.m.

Please note that both offices operate on an appointment only basis. Telephone : 0845 053 0021

Funeral Arrangements


When you are called upon to arrange a funeral it can be a confusing and stressful time, we are here to help you make any decisions and advise you through all the legal paperwork to ultimately arranging a funeral service which is dignified and suited to your own personal wishes.

Once you have contacted us, we can either arrange to visit yourselves or you could come to our office. Below are several points which should be considered when arranging a funeral service:

Funeral Costs

The cost of a funeral is dependant on several factors, where the funeral service is to take place, whether it is to be a burial or cremation, who you would want to take the funeral service, etc...

We will provide you with an itemised estimate of our charges and third party costs prior to the funeral service. If a solicitor is going to be in charge of the account please advise a member of staff of this. If you have any questions or concerns please contact us, we are here to help.

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