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WATFORD & DISTRICT SYNAGOGUE

BEREAVEMENT

In the event of a death, we would suggest you either contact Rabbi Levine or Carolyn, the Administrator in the Synagogue office. Either of them will be able to provide you with useful and practical advice on what to do.

An appointment is required to register a death at all registration offices. If you require a burial certificate and the death occurred within Hertfordshire please phone 0300 123 4045 or book online here to arrange a convenient time for you to attend. For the Sunday emergency service, phone between 9am and 11 am on Sunday morning.

In the event of a death, we would advise you to take the following steps:

  1. Notify one of the United Synagogue's burial offices IMMEDIATELY and leave a contact phone number on United Synagogue Burial Office - 020 8950 7767
  2. If the Burial Offices are closed and you would like to speak to someone please call 07957 119 119 (this service is not available on Shabbat or Yomtov)
  3. Notify the Rabbi (and Voluntary Chevra Kadisha if your synagogue has one). This is optional, as the burial office will do this.
  4. Obtain a death certificate from the doctor or hospital, stating the cause of death.
  5. Take the death certificate to the Registrar for Births and Deaths: it must be the Registrar in the vicinity where the death occurred.
  6. Phone the Burial Office once you have been issued with the relevant documentation. The burial office will advise what to do next.
  7. Once funeral arrangements have been made, the burial office will contact the Synagogue Administrator who will assist with shiva chairs and prayer books and liaise with the Rabbi about the funeral and shiva. If you wish, you may contact your own Minister.
  8. Speak personally with the Rabbi about the funeral service and shiva arrangements.
  9. Notify family and friends of the arrangements.