Deaths, burials and cremations

Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Thurrock Register Office

Thurrock Register Office is closed, except for pre-booked appointments to register a death.

Before booking an appointment to register a death, you must first have received a 'Medical Certificate of Cause of Death' (MCCD) from the doctor's surgery. Only when you have this certificate, you should call 01375 372 822 or 01375 375 245.

Only one person is to attend the appointment and provide the information to be registered. If you or anyone in your household shows symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), you must not come to the Register Office. Instead, you must stay at home and change your appointment date.

Following government advice, no other Register Office appointments can be made until further notice. This includes birth registrations, marriage or civil partnership notices or ceremonies, citizenship ceremonies, certificate requests, re-registrations and corrections. During this period, you can claim for child benefit or Universal Credit before your baby's birth has been registered.

Stillbirths

Parents who suffer a stillbirth must register the stillbirth of the child within 3 months.

An appointment should be made as usual, and it is the intention of the register office that you be seen as soon as possible.

The mother can register the stillbirth but the father can only do this if he was married to the mother at the time of the stillbirth. If the parents are not married, the father must attend the registration if he wishes his name to go in the register.

You will need to bring with you a form from the medical practitioner or midwife who was present at the stillbirth. This form is called a Medical Certificate of Stillbirth.

You will need to provide the following information:

  • date and place of stillbirth
  • forename and surname of the baby (you do not have to give the baby a forename)
  • the parents' forenames and surnames
  • the place of birth of each parent
  • the occupation of each parent
  • usual address of each parent
  • date of birth of each parent
  • date of marriage (if married)
  • mother's maiden name (if applicable)

You will be provided with a certificate of registration for which there is no charge.

You may purchase a full certificate of stillbirth.

Contact Thurrock Register Office for information and assistance.

Thurrock Register Office
Thameside Complex, Orsett Road, Grays, RM17 5DX

: register.office@thurrock.gov.uk

Phone:

  • 01375 372 822 – birth or death registration
  • 01375 375 245 – marriages or civil partnerships

Opening hours:

  • Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm – all services
  • Saturday morning – ceremonies only

Our emergency out-of-hours contact service can be used for:

  • emergency death registrations for timely burials in line with religious or cultural practices
  • emergency marriages or civil partnerships for terminally ill residents.