Bereavement Services

Please click on this link for up to date support on bereavement support in Cumbria:


Further help can be found from the following organisations:

  • Cruise Bereavement Care – PO Box 77, Cockermouth, CA13 3AJ

Helpline – 0300 6003434

  • Hospice at Home

Tel: 01228 603208 – Barbara Kirkwood, Co-ordinator

  • Child Bereavement UK

Tel: 01539 628311

  • Grief Chat

Tel: 01524 782910

  • Kooth- Online support for young people


  • Winston’s Wish

Helpline: 08088 020021

  • SOBS (Survivors of Bereavement through Suicide)

Tel: 0300 111 5065

If a Death Occurs at Home

  1. Telephone the doctor who will visit to confirm that death has taken place.
  2. Contact a funeral director.
  3. Arrange to collect the doctor’s Medical Certificate of Death (usually from the surgery).
  4. Take this to the Registrars Office, (together with the deceased’s Medical Card and Birth Certificate, if available) for the area in which the death took place. Alternatively you can register by declaration at any convenient Registrars Office but certificates will not be available as these will have to be posted to you a few days later.
  5. The Registrar will normally issue a Green coloured certificate for you to give to your funeral director who will look after necessary arrangements for the funeral. The Registrar will also issue a white notification certificate for the DSS. They will also enquire as to the number of Certified Copies you require for dealing with the deceased finances (a fee is payable for each copy).

If the Death Occurs in Hospital

  1. Contact a funeral director to inform him his services are required.
  2. Collect the certificate from the hospital then follow 4 – 5 as above.

Note For Cremation

Your funeral director will usually liaise directly with the surgery regarding the additional certification required.