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 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


Burials can take place any day of the week but not on bank holidays.

What happens after a burial

After a burial:

  • the ground will subside and settle for a few months
  • we will level the ground, seed and maintained it
  • we may remove any temporary markers on the grave

Burials next to your family grave

If a burial happens next to your family grave, then your family grave may be covered with earth for a short time.

The headstone will be protected and put back immediately after the burial has taken place.

Cremated remains

There are memorial gardens for cremated remains at each cemetery.

Cremated remains can also be placed in graves.

Blessed and unblessed areas

All cemeteries have a blessed and an unblessed area.