When someone dies

Register the death

To register a death you need to contact the borough where the death occurred.

You can register a death on the Essex County Council website.

You can use GOV.UK to find useful advice on what to do when someone dies.

Tell us someone has died

We know there is a lot to organise when someone dies.

You can let us know about the death if you are:

  • a member of the family
  • the executor
  • a solicitor
  • a friend who is dealing with the deceased's estate

You will need to supply an original copy of the death certificate so we can update our records. We will make a copy of the death certificate and return the original to you.

Tell us someone has died

Once you have told us about the death we will update our records for:

  • benefits
  • Council Tax
  • housing and garages
  • voting and elections
  • bins and recycling

You can look at our Council Tax pages to find out if you can apply for a Council Tax exemption.

Bereavement related benefits

When someone dies you may be eligible for bereavement related benefits:


Cemetery Services

Address: Causeway House
Bocking End

Telephone: 01376 557772

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