East Sussex Resources

We understand that having to cope with the practicalities following a death can be a daunting and stressful prospect. Below is some useful information for your local area, but do not hesitate to contact us if we can help in any way.

Useful information

Registering a death that happened in East Sussex

Registering a death during Covid-19:

  • Deaths are currently registered by phone
  • You fill out an online form or call to make an appointment, and a registrar will call you
  • There are more instructions for how to register a death in East Sussex here

When you register the death, you will be asked for:

  • The medical certificate.
  • The deceased person’s medical card.
  • Any benefit books.
  • The deceased person’s marriage certificate, if there is a surviving spouse or civil partner.

You will also be asked for the following information about the deceased person:

  • First name, surname and any maiden name.
  • Date and place of death.
  • Last permanent address.
  • Date and place of birth (a copy of their birth certificate is helpful).
  • Occupation and name/occupation/date of birth of any surviving spouse or civil partner. Details of benefit being claimed, including State and private pension income.

The registrar will issue a death certificate. If the deceased person had financial dealings with a number of organisations including banks, building societies and insurance companies, you may find it useful to obtain additional copies. Many companies will require a certified copy of the death certificate when they are advised of the death.

Useful contacts

Register offices

  • Crowborough
    Hookstead, Goldsmiths Ave, Crowborough TN6 1RH
    0345 6080198

  • Eastbourne
    Town Hall, Grove Road, Eastbourne BN21 4UG
    0345 6080198

  • Hastings
    Town Hall, Queens Rd, Hastings TN34 1QR
    0345 6080198

  • Lewes
    Southover Grange, Southover High St, Lewes BN7 1TP
    0345 6080198

  • HM Coroner
    For Eastbourne & Weald
    01273 404646

    For Hastings & Rother
    01273 404371


  • Eastbourne District General Hospital
    0300 1314500

  • Conquest Hospital
    0300 1314500

  • Royal Sussex County Hospital
    01273 696955

  • Princess Royal Hospital
    01444 441881

Help lines

  • Citizens Advice Bureau
    Eastbourne, Hastings, Lewes, Rother and Wealden
    03444 111 444

  • The Samaritans
    Freephone 116 123

  • Cruse Bereavement Care
    0844 4779400


You can find a more detailed version of this page's content in our printable booklet:

Bereavement Support


If you’re struggling, you may find the following websites offer useful resources, advice and support groups for coping with grief and loss.