This section contains information to help you make the necessary administrative arrangements following a death. If you want to have a body exhumed or move a body abroad, please contact the coroner.

Registering a death and telling government agencies

You need to register a death within 5 days. We can also tell all the relevant government agencies and local services for you through Tell us once.

Emergency death out of hours service (weekend) 

This service is specifically for the issue of a burial certificate only where a burial is taking place on the same day in England and has not been referred to the coroner.

Please note checks will be made with third party organisations to confirm if the burial is due to take place on the same day.

A death registration is undertaken by appointment only during normal working hours Monday to Friday.

Burials taking place on the same day

To access the service please call 020 8356 3355 and follow the instructions to contact the registrar on call, during the times below:

  • Saturday 9-11am
  • Sunday 9-11am
  • Bank holiday Monday 9am - 12 noon

Please note the registrar is on call and not based in any public buildings.  

Where a burial certificate, often referred to as a green disposal form is issued as an emergency, informants / family members of the deceased would need to book an appointment to register the death at a later date.  

Burials not taking place on the same day

If a burial is not taking place on the same day or the body is being taken out of England the informant / family members of the deceased should call 020 8356 3355 to arrange an appointment to register the death. You can also book a death registration appointment online.

Where the body is being taken out of England the informant / family members of the deceased will also need to notify the coroner.

Copies of death certificates

Copies of certificates cost £10.

Order a copy certificate

Certificates for adopted people and for people born abroad to armed services or diplomatic families can be obtained from the General Register Office.

Funeral services

If a person has no relatives who are willing or able to arrange a funeral, we will arrange a cremation or burial.

Protecting people's property and assets

If a person who is taken ill or or dies has no relatives able or willing to make the necessary arrangements, we will protect their property and assets. Landlords also have certain responsibilities. 

Burial and grave details

We don't keep a central register of deaths and cremations for the borough. This type of information is kept by individual cemeteries, such as:

  • Abney Park Cemetery, Stoke Newington High Street, N16 5TU. Phone: 020 7275 7557
  • The East London Cemetery, 230 Grange Road, E13 0HB. Phone: 020 7476 5109
  • Manor Park Cemetery, Sebert Road E7 0NP. Phone: 020 8534 1486
  • City of London Cemetery, Aldersbrook Road E12 5DQ. Phone: 020 8530 2151
  • Woodgrange Park Cemetery, Romford Road E7 8AF. Phone: 020 8471 3433
  • West Ham Cemetery, Cemetery Road, E7 9DG. Phone: 020 8534 1566
  • Tower Hamlets Cemetery (Bow), Southern Grove, E3 4PX
  • St Patrick Cemetery (RC), Langthorne Road E11 4HL. Phone: 020 8539 2451
  • Chingford Mount Cemetery, 121 Old Church Road, E4 6ST. Phone: 020 8524 5030
  • Walthamstow Cemetery, Queens Road E17. Phone: 020 8524 5030

Some data from 1840-1978 relating to deaths in the borough is held at Hackney Archives

Search find a grave

Find a grave lets you search for people by location, birth date or death date.

Hackney mortuary

Our mortuary stores bodies where deaths have been referred to the coroner or where a death certificate cannot be issued.

Reporting deaths to the coroner

Some deaths have to be reported to the coroner before they can be registered or the funeral can go ahead. If it hasn't already been reported, the registrar will report a death when:

  • there's no doctor who can issue a medical certificate of cause of death
  • the doctor who issued the medical certificate did not see the person within 14 days before death or after they died
  • the cause of death is unknown
  • the cause of death is believed to be unnatural or suspicious
  • the death occurred during an operation or before recovery from an anaesthetic
  • the death is due to industrial disease or industrial poisoning

If a death has been reported to the coroner, we can't go ahead with the registration until the coroner has decided whether any further investigation into the death is necessary. In most cases no further investigation is necessary and the registration can be completed straight away.

If a death has been reported to the coroner, he or she may issue a certificate for burial or cremation where possible.

Have a body repatriated abroad

You will need to contact the coroner to have a body repatriated abroad.


Coroners can be contacted on 020 7538 1201.

Page updated: 22/07/2016 13:51:18