Cultural and religious burials and cremations

How to register a death at short notice due to cultural or religious reasons. 

Our standard office hours for registering deaths are Monday to Friday, 9am to 4.30pm. We can register a death outside of these hours if there is a cultural or religious reason why the death needs to be registered urgently. 

Cumbria Registration Service

Telephone: 0300 303 2472

Registering a death from Monday to Friday

9am to 2pm

If you contact us Monday to Friday before 2pm, we will give you an appointment no later than 5pm on the same day at a register office within Cumbria.

2pm to 6pm

If you contact us between 2pm and 6pm, we will do our best to attend one of our main offices to register the death the same day.

6pm to 8pm

We have an out of hours service in place, Monday to Friday until 8pm.

Registering a death on weekends and bank holidays

On weekends and bank holiday, we are available from 8am to 8pm. 

Who can register a death and information you need to provide

Only certain people can register a death. Find our more about who can register a death.

That person will also need to provide information and documents relating to the deceased. Find out more about what information you need to provide

Registration can only proceed if the death happened within Cumbria. 

The coroner

If there has been any referral or involvement with the coroner then an appointment can not be allocated until the coroner has issued the appropriate paperwork. The coroner is only available out of office hours to deal with urgent statutory matters, such as organ donation and requests for Home Office post mortems.

Death referrals are non-statutory matters will be dealt with by the coroners service the next working day.