When we make the funeral arrangements with you, you may notice that we ask for a lot of information about the person who has died. It is important that the information you provide is as accurate as possible because some of this information is required by the Department of Births, Deaths and Marriages so that they may be absolutely certain of the identity of the deceased.
The death certificate is an important document because it can be used to close accounts, cancel licences and provide proof, where necessary, that your loved one has died.
After the funeral, your funeral director provides this information to the Department of Internal Affairs. They process it and post the death certificate to us within 10 working days. We then forward the death certificate to you or to the lawyer who is handling the estate.
If the death has been referred to the Coroner, it will state on the death certificate that the cause of death is “Subject to Coroner’s finding”. Once the Coroner has concluded their enquiries and ascertained the cause of death, you may then update the death certificate.