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Practical Support

Losing a loved one is something very difficult to prepare for. That first call can be the hardest you have to make but we are here to take your call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, whenever you need us. To help you during this difficult time we have put together some guidance.

Bedford Registery Office Details

Address: Bedford Borough Council, Old Town Hall, St Paul's Square, Bedford, MK40 1SJ Telephone: 01234 267 422 or 01234 718 028 Or visit their website
To find a registry office in an alternative area then visit the Government website which provides a step-by-step process

What to do when someone dies

In Hospital or a Care Home

The next of kin will be contacted and once the Medical Certificate of Death is made available, registration of the death and funeral arrangements can go ahead. A relative or person present should register the death at the local Register Office and this is when you contact us as your Funeral Directors (01234 843222).

At Home

Call 111 immediately if the death is unexpected. They will then guide you through what to do next.

If the death was expected call the General Practitioner (G.P.) of the deceased immediately.

The G.P. will then give permission for registration of the death and for A L & G Abbott as your Funeral Directors, to be contacted and for the deceased to be brought to our Chapel of Rest in Kempston.

If death is unexpected, the G.P. will inform the Coroner who will in turn contact the next of kin to authorise registration of the death and release of the body, at which point A L & G Abbott, as your Funeral Directors, should be contacted.

Registering a death

To register the death you need to have a simple interview with the registrar at the Register Office. You will need to provide the following:

  • The full name of the person
  • Their full address
  • Their date of birth and occupation
  • Details of where and when the person died
  • The medical certificate of death given by the G.P, or hospital doctor
  • If the person who has died is a married woman you will need her maiden name, husband’s name and occupation

The following people can register the death:

  • Any relative of the person who has died
  • Any person present at the death
  • The person who lives in the house where the person died
  • The person arranging the funeral, but not a funeral director

Every death should be registered in the area where it happened, but it can be arranged to register it in another area if necessary.

The registrar will give you:

  • A green certificate which you should give to us as soon as possible
  • A white certificate which you should fill in and send to the social security office for the area where the person died

Copies of the ‘entry of death’ (also known as the death certificate) can be bought from the registrar. This is required for official purposes such as pension schemes and closing bank accounts.

Placing the Notice

The placing of press notices is one of the tasks we can fulfil as your funeral director. However, if you would like to take care of this the notice should be written/typed out and taken to the newspaper office together with a copy of the death certificate. Alternatively, an email can be sent with the death certificate attached. Newspapers will not accept an obituary given over the telephone and will also contact the Funeral Director.

If you would like the information more accessible to a wider audience you might like to consider placing the obituary in one of the national broadsheet newspapers. Also, if they were a member of a professional society or club with a journal, then the editor may be interested in publishing the obituary.

Organisations to contact following bereavement

'Tell us Once' is a service that lets you report a death to most government organisations in one go. These include:

  • HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC)
  • Department for Work and Pensions (DWP)
  • Passport Office
  • Local Council
  • Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA)

The registrar will give you a unique reference number to access this service online or by phone.

Please note: not all register offices offer this service.

People you may also need to contact include:

  • Employer
  • General Practioner (G.P)
  • Pension Provider
  • Insurance Companies
  • Solicitor
  • Bank
  • Building Society
  • Post Office Accounts
  • Stocks and Shares
  • Clubs and Societies
  • Dentist
  • Optician
  • Car Ownership Details
  • Gas
  • Electricity
  • Water
  • Telephone/Mobile
  • Broadband Provider

Emotional Support

When we lose someone we love through death we often experience feelings of bereavement. All aspects of our lives and our emotional, physical and spiritual being may be affected. The most prevailing emotion is one of intense pain or grief. "There is not a typical response to loss as there is no typical loss. Our grieving is as individual as our lives." Kubler Ross 2004. We are here to help, every step of the way.

Bereavement Listening Service at A L & G Abbott

Helping you find the 'new normal'

Bereavement Listening Service at A L & G Abbott in Bedford

For that is what grief is all about, living in and with, the "new normal". There are no hard and fast rules about grieving, it’s all about love that now has nowhere to go.

The new bereavement listening service at Abbotts has been set up because we care and understand how difficult this time can be. By offering this entirely free service to our families we hope that with small steps and the benefit of a very experienced practitioner you will find comfort and solace as you journey through this challenging time.

Appointments will take place at: A L & G Abbott, 150 Bedford Road, Kempston, MK42 8BH.

Abbott Funerals in Kempston, Bedford know that this is a difficult time for you and your family - we can offer advice to help you cope with your grief

Coping with grief

  • Talk to family and friends
  • Talk to a therapist / counsellor
  • Join a support group
  • Take comfort from your faith if you follow a religious tradition
  • Avoid major changes in your life
  • Write down your thoughts
  • Look after yourself, exercise, eat well, rest and allow yourself to grieve
Help children with their grief and to understand death with some advice from Abbott Funerals in Kempston, Bedford

Helping Children

Like all of us, children need to understand that death is a natural part of life, just as birth is and there are a few charities specially set up to help children, parents and families through the grieving process with professional carers, helpful publications and activities.

For more information from AL & G Abbott Funeral Directors in Kempston, Bedford, call us on
01234 843 222
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We serve Kempston and the surrounding areas. If you need any advice then please do get in touch and we will be happy to help you.