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Deaths

Help and advice when coping with a bereavement.

PLEASE BE AWARE THE TIMELINE FOR DEATH REGISTRATION TO BE COMPLETED IS 8 DAYS 

A callback from one of the registration team will be made once the certifying doctor has forwarded the medical cause of death certificate to the registration office by email along with contact details for next of kin. If you have any enquiries about registering a death during this difficult time then you can contact our office on either 01506 281897 and 01506 282914 or by email registration@westlothian.gov.uk

We appreciate this is a particularly difficult time for families and appreciate your patience in allowing the registration team to make contact with you at the appropriate time. Our office is dealing with high volumes of enquiries and there may be some delay in responding to voicemails or emails. 

Information on how to register a death.
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