Deaths, burials and cremations

Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Thurrock Register Office

Thurrock Register Office is closed until further notice.

Registering a death – we are taking appointments by phone to register a death. Deaths must be registered within 5 days from the date of death.

You will need to contact the GP's surgery to confirm that the 'Medical Certificate of Cause of Death' will be scanned and sent by email to register.office@thurrock.gov.uk before your appointment. If the death has been referred to the coroner, you need to make sure their documents have been emailed to us before booking your appointment. To book your appointment, phone 01375 372 822.

On the date and time of your appointment, we will phone you to take information for completing the registration. We will also arrange to send you a death certificate, if you wish to order one. Paperwork for the funeral will be sent direct to your undertaker.

Birth registration, marriage or civil partnership notice or ceremony, citizenship ceremony and other requests – no other Register Office appointments can be made until further notice. During this period, you can claim child benefit or Universal Credit before your baby's birth has been registered. If you wish to cancel or postpone a ceremony, please email register.office@thurrock.gov.uk.

Transferring grave rights

You can transfer grave rights of a living person or a deceased person.

Grave rights of a living person

You should contact the Cemetery office if you wish to transfer the grave rights of a living person.

Grave rights of a deceased person – if there is a will

If the deceased owner left a will saying to whom the grant of exclusive right of burial should be passed, and if you are that person, we will need:

  • the grant of exclusive right of burial
  • the grant of probate
  • an assent from the executor(s) of the will giving the grant of exclusive right of burial to you

If the deceased owner left a will – although not sufficient to merit a grant of probate application – and you claim the exclusive right of burial, we will need:

  • the grant of exclusive right of burial
  • the death certificate
  • a statutory declaration detailing the relationship of the person claiming the right of exclusive burial to the deceased owner
  • a form of renouncement from all other people who would be entitled to claim the grant of exclusive right of burial

Grave rights of a deceased person – if there is no will

If the grave owner dies without leaving a will, we require:

  • the grant of exclusive right of burial
  • the grant of letters of administration
  • an assent from the administrator(s) giving the grant of exclusive right of burial to you

If the estate is of insufficient value to merit application for letters of administration, we will need:

  • the grant of exclusive right of burial
  • the death certificate
  • a statutory declaration detailing he relationship of the person claiming the rights to the registered grave owner
  • a form of renouncement from all other people who would be entitled to claim the grant of exclusive right of burial

Statutory declarations must be witnessed by a commissioner for oaths or magistrate.

You should seek legal advice regarding your own circumstances and for completing forms.