COVID specific arrangements

One of the first things you might need to do after someone has died is to register the death. The way we register a death has changed during COVID-19, and so rather than attend a physical office it is now possible to complete the registration over the telephone. Below are the steps you will need to go through to register a death in Glasgow during the COVID-19 pandemic:

  • The doctor, hospital or hospice will issue the Medical Certificate of Cause of Death (often known as the ‘death certificate’) and send this electronically to the registration office you wish to use
  • The original copy of the certificate will be posted to the registration office and a copy will be sent to you by email by NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde
  • Once the registration office has received the electronic copy of the death certificate they will contact you to arrange a telephone appointment to register the death. If you have not heard from the Registrar you can contact them
  • In Scotland, by law, all deaths must be registered within 8 days

Further information on registering a death during COVID-19 is available from NHS GGC.

Changes to funerals

At the moment, there are restrictions in place regarding funerals in Glasgow and across Scotland in order to reduce the spread of Coronavirus. Not being able to hold a funeral in the way we might have done in ‘normal times’ or perhaps not being able to attend a funeral in person can affect the way we grieve and support those who are grieving.

Funeral directors will be experienced in answering questions you may have, and helping you plan and organise a meaningful funeral during the current restrictions.

Up to date rules around restrictions and what they mean for funerals during coronavirus are available on

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