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What should I do when a death occurs?

Is very normal you will feel confused when death occur in the family. On occasion, assembling your considerations alone may require noteworthy exertion. By law in Singapore, the death has to be registered within 24 hours of occurrence. You can visit ICA website to learn more about it https://www.ica.gov.sg/page.aspx?pageid=146.

You just need to follow this 3 simple steps as below:

  • Get the Certificate of Cause of Death (CCOD)

When death occurs, you will need a doctor to certify the cause of death and issue the CCOD. This could be the doctor in attendance at the hospital or your family doctor if death occurred at home.

  • Engage an Undertaker

Upon obtaining the CCOD, you will be able to engage an undertaker. There are many funeral services companies in Singapore. Be sure you engage a reputable one with transparent pricing policy. You don’t want to be shock with a host of hidden charges when presented with the final bill.

  • Register the Death

Death registration can be done at any neighbourhood police post or the Registry of Birth and Death. Their address is:
10 Kallang Road
Level 3
Singapore 208718

(Nearest MRT Station: Lavender)

For deaths in Government or Government Restructured Hospitals, there is an added option of registering the death in the hospital itself.

To register the death, you will need to bring along your identification papers (i.e. IC or Passport) and that of the deceased plus the CCOD. You also have to decide if the body is to be buried or cremated as this decision has to be made at point of registration.

Once the registration is completed, the death certificate will be issued.