Cremation Forms

Although it may seem harsh to call the funeral of someone’s loved one a ‘business’, in most respects that’s exactly what it is. Companies provide an essential service for grieving families, and there is still a certain amount of paperwork that must be completed before the process can be completed. It is illegal to cremate a deceased person until the cause of death has been established, and there are several other forms that must be filled in before plans can go ahead. Once satisfied that all the paperwork is present and accurate, the Registrar of Births and Deaths will issue an Order for Burial or Cremation, which must be sent to the funeral director or crematorium as prove that permission to go ahead with a service has been given.
Of the forms required by the Registrar, the attending Doctor before death and the Doctor who confirmed the cause are expected to complete Medical Forms B and C, for a price of around £138. Form A must be filled in by the deceased’s next of kin, and is labelled an Application for Cremation, this must also be countersigned by someone acquainted with the next of kin. Finally, the Notice of Cremation contains details of the service that will take place, and is part of a binding contract that agrees to pay the cremation authority what is owed. Although essentially the same process, in Scotland there are some differences which should be duly noted. The certificate of registration of death has to be provided, and there has to be a third certificate completed by the medical referee at the crematorium. At first, this may seem like a complicated process, but once the cause of death has been established, there’s unlikely to be any major bumps in the road that prevent the deceased from being laid to rest.