One of the first things you will need to do is register the death. You cannot finalise the funeral date until you have registered the death, so it's an important step.
You can register a death if you are a relative, were present at the death, a hospital administrator or if you are the person making the arrangements with the funeral directors.
Deaths are required by law to be registered within five days in the town or city where they occur. The exception is if there is to be a coroner’s post mortem, inquest or other coroner involvement, even if this is not where the person lived. If the death you wish to register took place within Southampton then an appointment should be booked at Southampton Register Office.
You may find it useful to acquire several copies of the death certificate, as you may need to send them to various organisations.
The links below explain how to register a death along with the documents you will need.
The registrar will then issue the ‘death certificate’ and ‘certificate for burial or cremation’. These need to be given to the funeral director.