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Dealing with a death

Our deepest condolences on your loss

Dealing with a loss is never easy. North East Lincolnshire Council’s bereavement services offers care and support to bereaved loved ones. Here are some of the things you may need to think about.


Should a death happen at home or in a hospital, the Doctor who last saw the deceased during their illness must confirm death and issue a ‘Cause of Death Certificate’.

When someone dies suddenly but of natural causes, the coroner may need to get involved to consult with the Doctor who knows the medical history. If a post mortem is not required, the Doctor will issue a ‘Cause of Death Certificate’ and the a Coroner will provide an additional certificate ‘Coroners A Certificate’.

If a Doctor doesn’t know the medical history of the deceased, the Coroner may hold a post mortem to establish the cause of death. The Coroner will issue a ‘Coroners B Certificate’ which states what the cause was to be. You must let the Coroner know if you intend for the deceased to be cremated. They will issue ‘Form 6 for cremation’ for you to give to Bereavement Services staff at the Crematorium.

In the case of an unnatural death such as suspicious circumstances, violence, suicide or neglect. The Coroner will perform a post mortem to establish the cause of death and an inquest will be held. As soon as the inquest has been officially opened, the Coroner will provide you with the Form 6 for cremation or a Burial Order so you can make funeral arrangements.

Let us know about a death or stillbirth

When a death or stillbirth has happened in North East Lincolnshire, it should be registered with us by law within five days.

Register a death or stillbirth

Arranging a funeral

Your loved one may have left instructions for their funeral. If they haven’t you can arrange a personal and meaningful service by using a funeral director, or you may wish to arrange a funeral yourself.

All arrangements must include the bereavements services office. Funerals at the crematorium can involve a funeral director, a recognised religious person, a humanist or you may prefer to do your own service with or without any religious content. All we ask is that you be aware of the length of time you may need.

Funerals at the crematorium

Help with funeral costs

Use the GOV.UK form and notes to apply for a Funeral Expenses Payment.

GOV.UK – Funeral Expenses Payment claim form

Contact details

Bereavement Services, Great Grimsby Crematorium, Weelsby Avenue, Grimsby, North East Lincolnshire, DN32 0BA

Email: [email protected]

Telephone: 01472 324869

Opening times: Monday to Thursday, 9am to 4:45pm and Friday 9am to 4:15pm, except bank holidays