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What you need to do

Supporting you

Making the necessary funeral arrangements




The initial steps

At Alex Black Funeral Care in Glasgow we understand that the passing of a loved one can be incredibly overwhelming, which is why we are here to help guide you through this emotional and often stressful time. Below we have outlined some of the key information you may need going forward. However, should you require any additional help, please feel free to get in touch.

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Registering the death

Once you have been issued with the medical death certificate (from either the local doctor - if your loved one has passed away at home - or from the hospital doctor), then you should register the death at a registration office. In Scotland, you can register the death at any registration office.

Local registry offices

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45 John St

0141 287 7677

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38 Roman Road

0141 578 8669

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College Street

01389 738350

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Town Hall

0141 840 3388

Information that can help expedite the process

You can register the death with just the medical death certificate but if you are in possession of the following, it will speed matters along:

The deceased’s birth and marriage certificate

The deceased’s NHS medical card

Any documents relating to the receipt of a pension or allowance from government funds


Along with the official extract of death entry certificate, you will be given a Form 14. This form should be brought to us as soon as possible.

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Procurator Fiscal involvement

If the death has been referred to the Procurator Fiscal, you will not be able to register the death until the Procurator Fiscal grants permission and issues the death certificate. You can still contact us to make the funeral arrangements but no firm bookings can be made until after the death certificate has been issued.
If there is to be a postmortem, again we can be contacted and funeral arrangements can be discussed, but no firm bookings can be made for the date of the funeral. Following the postmortem, a death certificate will be issued and the death should be registered as above.
Further information about what to do following a death - including in respect to wills, estate etc. - can be found here.

"Absolutely outstanding personal service my family received from Alex and staff when both my parents passed. Made both days so special and getting payment from us was not their priority. Would definitely recommend them for their friendly, compassionate attitude and most of all their professionalism." testimonial

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Get in touch

For help and support with organising funeral arrangements, contact Alex Black Funeral Care for a free consultation

DRUMCHAPEL 0141 949 1234

MARYHILL 0141 946 1234

KNIGHTSWOOD 0141 959 1234

POSSILPARK 0141 336 8700

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