West 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 West Sussex

Registering a death during Covid-19:

  • Deaths are currently registered by phone
  • You will need to complete an online form and the registrar will call you back
  • There are more instructions for how to register a death in West 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

  • Bognor Regis
    Durban House, South Bersted Business Park, Durban Road, Bognor Regis, PO22 9RE
    01243 642122

  • Burgess Hill
    Burgess Hill Library, 15-19 The Martlets, Burgess Hill, RH15 9NN
    01243 642122

  • Chichester
    3 Orchard Street, Chichester, PO19 1DD
    01243 642122

  • Crawley
    Crawley Library, Southgate Avenue, Crawley, RH10 6HG
    01243 642122

  • Haywards Heath
    Haywards Heath Library, 34 Boltro Road, Haywards Heath, RH16 1BN
    01243 642122

  • Horsham
    Park House, North Street, Horsham, RH12 9SB
    01243 642122

  • Littlehampton
    Arun Civic Centre, Maltravers Road, Littlehampton, BN17 5LF
    01243 642122

  • Midhurst
    The Grange, Bepton Road, Midhurst, GU29 9HD
    01243 642122

  • Shoreham-By-Sea
    Health Centre, Pond Road, Shoreham-by-Sea, BN43 5US
    01273 453023

  • Worthing
    Portland House, Richmond Road, Worthing, BN11 1HS
    01243 642122

  • HM Coroner West Sussex
    01273 404012


  • St Richard's Hospital
    01243 788122

  • Southlands Hospital
    01903 205111

  • Worthing Hospital
    01903 205111

  • Crawley Hospital
    01293 600 300

  • Horsham Hospital
    01403 227 000

  • Princess Royal Hospital
    01444 441881

Help lines

  • Citizens Advice Bureau
    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.