Advice & Support

We are here to offer help, advice and support.

When someone dies

The death of someone you love or know can be a devastating experience, which can bring on stronger emotions than you have ever felt before.

In cases where the death was expected there can still be a sense of shock associated with the actual death. You may feel cold, numb, empty and unreal for a while. Following this, you may experience such emotions as anger, panic, guilt and ineffable sadness. This may also be accompanied by periods of restlessness, especially at night when it is difficult to sleep. You may also react by becoming irritable or critical of yourself and others, sometimes leading to feelings of despair. All these are natural reactions to bereavement and are not a sign that you are unable to cope.

During this time, you may need the support of others. Don’t be afraid to speak about your feelings to someone. Sometimes friends and or relatives find it difficult to talk about the death in case they upset you further. It may be necessary for you to broach the subject first. You might also want to seek the support of a minister, priest or grief counselor. Grief is a healthy, normal process and all of us may react differently. What is important is that you allow yourself to grieve and come to terms with your loss.

Helpful Numbers

Citizens’ Advice Bureau:  0870 1264080
The Samaritans: (01903) 205555 or 0845 7909090
Age Concern: 0800 009966

Registering a Death

All deaths that occur must be registered, either at Worthing, Shoreham, Littlehampton or Storrington Register Office. Contact details for these office can be found on our Helpful Contacts page.

When you obtain the cause of death certificate you can make an appointment to register the death. It is the Registrar who will then make out the Death Certificate and ascertain how many copies each individual may need. Copies of the Death Certificate cost £4.00 each.

Should the death become a Coroner’s case, the Coroner’s Office will advise you when to telephone the Registrar to make an appointment to attend to register and collect the Death Certificate. It is advisable that you telephone the Registrar to ensure that they have received the relevant papers.

The Registrar will require some additional information i.e.: a birth of marriage certificate of the deceased. Where applicable, they may want the maiden name and occupation. Ideally, the deceased’s medical card should be taken with you. When the death is registered, the Registrar will issue a form (for burial or cremation) and this should be handed to the funeral company.

A Registration of Death form (BD8), issued for the purposes of the Department of Social Security (DSS), will also be given to you by the Registrar

Registration of Deaths

Central number for West Sussex
01243 642122

Local Venues & Useful Contacts

Worthing Crematorium
Horsham Rd, Worthing BN14 0RG
Telephone: 01903 872678

Steyning Centre
Fletchers Croft, Steyning, BN44 3XZ
Telephone: (01903) 812042

Steyning Cricket Club
Memorial Playing Field, Steyning, BN44 3LE
Telephone: (01903) 814484

Springwells Hotel
9 High Street, Steyning, BN44 3GG
Telephone: (01903) 812446

Penfold Hall
Church Street, Steyning, BN44 3YB
Telephone: (01903) 813276

Tilleys Stonemasons
295 Ditchling Road, Brighton, BN1 6JH
Telephone: (01273) 555882

Chequer Inn
Chequers Yard, Steyning, BN44 3RE
Telephone: (01903) 814437

Red Lion
London Rd, Ashington, Pulborough RH20 3DD
Telephone: (01903) 892523

Madgwick Carriage Masters
Telephone: 0771 748 2380

We are here for you

Chalcraft Funeral Directors are available by telephone seven days a week on 01903 812656.
Alternatively, you can email us at

Should you prefer a home visit, this can easily be arranged. We will then advise you about all of the necessary arrangements and help and support you right through to the day of the funeral.