What is a Death Certificate?

What is a death certificate?

When you are born, you are given a birth certificate.
When you get married, you receive a marriage certificate.
Hopefully you won’t get divorced, but if you do!  You’ll get a divorce certificate.
When you die, guess what! Your family, next of kin or executor of your estate will receive a death certificate which your funeral director will apply for on your behalf.

As part of the funeral arranging process, there is a bit of paperwork to attend to.
Someone in your family will put up their hand and will be happy to participate in the administrative side of your funeral. 

This means they will provide information for your funeral director to register your death and will sign the appropriate paperwork to authorise your cremation or your burial, whatever your wishes are.

Your death is registered with the Office of Births, Deaths and Marriages in the state of Australia where you died and there is some quite specific information that is collected in order for your official death certificate to be as accurate as possible.

The type of information that is needed to register your death is as follows:

Your personal details:
Your full name
Your Age
Your normal residential address
Date of birth
Place of birth (If born overseas, the date/year you arrived in Australia)
Date of passing
Place of passing
Your gender
Your occupation
Your religion

Your marriage details:
The name of the person you have married, date of your marriage and place of your marriage and any other previous marriages and their details.

Your children’s details:
Their full names including their married names
Dates of birth
Current Ages
Confirmation if they are alive or deceased.

Your parent’s details:
Your mother and father’s full names
Your mother’s maiden name.

Their occupations

The informant’s details:
This is usually the person who is providing the information and is willing to receive the official death certificate.
Their full name, postal address, email and contact phone number.
The official death certificate is a very important legal document and for some organisations it’s the only document they will recognise and acknowledge when receiving communication that someone has died.

For legal and financial purposes, your family or your executor can use certified copies of the document to cancel bank accounts, utilities, bills, communicate with government agencies and administer any other parts of the deceased person’s estate.

Greenhaven funerals will manage the registration of your death with the office of births, deaths and marriages and apply for the official death certificate on your behalf.  It generally takes between 2-4 weeks from the day of the funeral for the official certificate to be received by the informant.

Greenhaven offer a wide range of different funeral services from direct cremations, full funeral services, religious and non-religious services, creative event-based funeral and memorial services.  Registering the death of a deceased person and applying for a death certificate on behalf of the family is included in our professional service fee.

If you have any questions or queries about what happens when you need to arrange and plan for a funeral, please call or make contact via email or phone.

We welcome your inquiry and encourage your contact at any time.
Website: https://www.greenhavenfunerals.com.au/
Email: info@greenhavenfunerals.com.au
Phone: (03) 9569 0534

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