Information required when someone dies

In 430 words find out exactly what information will be required in the event of the death of a family member.

When you take responsibility…

Taking responsibility for funeral arrangements and planning can be daunting. But a bit of preparation and awareness can go a long way to making end of life experiences easier for everyone.

Why the information is required…

A funeral director is responsible for registering the death of the deceased. In doing so they will ask for the information listed below.

The details of deceased person’s life are required to ensure there is information available to cross check family and births and marriages. For some people, some of this information can feel either unnecessary or intrusive. Understanding ahead of time as to why so much detail is required can help reduce the stress of providing this information in the arrangement of the funeral process.

Information required…

  • the deceased person’s given names and surname
  • their gender
  • home address at time of death
  • date of birth
  • suburb and country of birth
  • date of death and age at death
  • suburb and country of death
  • years of residence in Australia if born overseas
  • employment/retirement status
  • usual occupation during working life
  • religion, if applicable
  • marriage details including marital status at death as well as the place of marriage (suburb, state and country), age at marriage, given names of spouse and surname of spouse for each marriage if applicable
  • children’s details, in birth order, including full names and married names if applicable and their age on the day or if they are deceased
  • sibling details (only where deceased is under 18 years of age), in birth order, including full names and married names if applicable and their age on the day or if they are deceased
  • parents of the deceased details, including
    • given names and maiden name, as applicable
    • occupation when working e.g. engineer or home duties (last occupation if retired)

and finally

  • the informant’s details (the person who will receive the original death certificate), including full name, relationship to the deceased, full postal address, home and/or mobile phone numbers and email address, if applicable

Being Prepared

So many people, when meeting to plan a funeral service, express just how difficult the process and practicalities can be. At the very least, knowing what’s ahead is a solid first step in reducing the overwhelm people experience at the end of a loved one’s life. At the other end of the being prepared spectrum is taking the time to educate yourself about the range of information you will be asked to provide as well as the range of decisions you’ll need to make. Take the daunting out of planning a funeral. Ask me how!

We have just one life…

Jacqui Chaplin

Independent Funeral Information | Life Story Collector & Writer | End of Life Tributes | Easier End of Life Experiences | Funeral Planning and Celebrancy

Just One Life… doing and designing dying and death differently and with dignity and distinction.

For more information on doing dying and death differently or to start thinking about how to handle a death of a loved one before you are overtaken by grief, organise a conversation with Jacqui today.

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Jacqui Chaplin is a Lifetime & End-of-Life Commemoration Specialist (a funeral celebrant among other things) based in Melbourne, Australia. She loves capturing stories about the nature of life and being human, as well as, celebrating and commemorating well lived lives and lives that have ended. Jacqui has a passion for bringing the conversations that many of us find difficult to think about, let alone speak about, out in the open so we can see how our stories, values and beliefs influence our attitudes.

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License.

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