Public health funerals

Property search

Before making the funeral arrangements, we will carry out a search of the last known address of the deceased.

The search will focus on:

  • finding a will
  • evidence of family and friends
  • evidence of a pre-paid funeral plan
  • finding items we can use to offset the funeral costs

We will recorded any items we remove from the property in an inventory that the officers carrying out the search will sign.

We  keep any items we remove:

  • under secure conditions
  • for a minimum of 3 months.
  • until we have dealt with the funeral costs

At least two officers will conduct the search. The officers will stay in the same room together at all times to make sure:

  • its carried out in a safe way
  • to guard againts accusations of theft or miscconduct

You can contact our Cemeteries team for more information or to ask for a copy of this procedure.

Cemetery Services

Address: Unit 4
Lakes Industrial Park
Lower Chapel Hill
Braintree
Essex
CM7 3RU

Telephone: 01376 557772