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Book an appointment to register a death
How to book an appointment to register a death, what happens during the appointment.
You must register someone's death in the area where they died and not where they lived. We can only register someone's death if they died in Haringey. You must register the death within 5 days, unless a coroner is conducting an investigation into the circumstances.
You must make an appointment to register a death. All appointments are face-to-face and take place at Haringey Register Office.
You can also phone us to make an appointment.
If someone died in a hospital
There are no hospitals in Haringey. If the death was in a hospital, you must register the death with the relevant local council:
- if the death happened in North Middlesex Hospital – register the death with Enfield Council
- if the death happened in Whittington Hospital – register the death with Islington Council
What happens during your appointment
Your appointment should take 30 to 40 minutes but can take longer. We'll take you through the registration and issue a certificate for burial or cremation to the funeral director of your choice. We are not able to issue a certificate for cremation if there has been a post mortem or if the body is being transported outside of England.
Please arrive in plenty of time for your appointment. Parking is extremely limited, so please consider alternative forms of transport. If you are late, regardless of any reason, you may not be seen.
If you need a funeral within 24 hours – urgent ceremonies
We will do everything we can to help if a funeral needs to take place before the next working day.
If you need to speak to us out of hours, in the evening or at the weekend, please call us.
We also have support for doctors when certifying a death.
Register a death after an inquest
If there has been an inquest (a type of court hearing to determine how a person died) there is no need to contact us to register the death. We will register the death without needing to book an appointment.
Once the inquest has been concluded, you can order a registration certificate.