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Once a medical certificate has been issued, the death of an
individual must be reported within five days, (but can be extended for a
further nine days in special circumstances). The person responsible is, in the following
order: a relative who was present at the death, a relative present during the
person’s last illness, a relative living in the district where the death took
place, anyone else present at the death, an owner or occupier of the building
where the death took place and who was aware of the death.
The registration of death is the formal record of the death.
It is done by the Register of Births, Deaths and Marriages at the Register Office. A death should be registered at the register office in the district
where they lived.
A writer who felt the need to cover this in a novel would need to be aware of the procedures and the impact on their characters and the plot. Hope this helps.
As it has been brought up let’s clarify the registration of
In Scotland, births must be registered within 21 days, by the Registrar.
In Northern Ireland, a birth must be registered within 42
In England, it is also a requirement to register a birth
within 42 days.
You should register the birth at the local Register Office
for the area where the baby was born or at the hospital before the mother
leaves (if the service is available).
When a child is born abroad, the birth must be registered
according to the regulations in the country where the child was born. Although
not necessary, there are advantages to registering the birth with the UK
authorities; the birth will be recorded with the General Register Offices or at
the National Records Office of Scotland; you can order a consular birth
registration certificate. (You can still apply for a UK passport for the child
even if you don’t register the birth in the UK.)
Note: The list of individuals who can register a birth is
quite long and perhaps not needed here.