When the death has been registered by the registrar, you will be given a green form which authorises the burial or cremation to go ahead.

You can choose to use a funeral director or organise the funeral yourself.

For more details on arranging a funeral please see the information on arranging the funeral Opens in a new window and Torquay Crematorium Opens in a new window

The National Association of Funeral Directors Opens in a new window maintain a list of funeral directors who have signed up to a code of practice.

Where no suitable funeral arrangements have been made for someone who died in Torbay, we may have a duty to help out. This is called a public funeral.

If details of family and friends are found they will be informed of the death and invited to make the funeral arrangements.

If the death occurred in hospital the Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust  Opens in a new window will arrange for the funeral of any person who died in or whilst travelling to hospital.

Any costs from a public funeral will be recovered, where possible, from the estate of the deceased or from a spouse or a parent.

If the deceased left furniture or other personal items arrangements will be made for the disposal of these and any money recovered offset against the cost of the funeral.

When all costs are known if the value of the estate exceeds this, the Treasury Solicitor is informed.

Public Funerals
A list of Public Funerals held in Torbay from January 2009 to October 2017.

For more information on referring a deceased person estate to the Treasury Solicitor please see the guidance on notifying the Treasury Solicitor  Opens in a new window