24 hour on-call family assistance

Arranging a Funeral

Arranging the funeral of a loved is a daunting process but here at Robert Rarity our local and experienced funeral directors will take care of all necessary funeral arrangements, giving you peace of mind during this difficult time.

From your very first contact we will endeavour to lift as much of the burden of the funeral arrangement from your shoulders as possible. You will have a safe pair of hands taking care of you and your family throughout the whole process with professional advice and understanding at every stage.



The initial meeting with your family and one of our directors is called the arrangement. This can be done in the comfort of your home or in one of our offices in Largs, Beith, Dalry or Skelmorlie. It is here we gently discuss and advise on funeral options, legal requirements and costs, always bearing in mind your needs, well-being and financial resources.

From then on we are completely at your disposal offering 24 hour on-call family assistance and we welcome further meetings when requested to reassure, review or simply just to be there for you.

Registering the passing of a loved one

It is important to choose a family member with the knowledge and documentation required for the registration and to receive the death certificate. The registration is required to be done within eight days of the death with the local registrar and you should make an appointment prior to attending. As always, we will be there to advise, but here is a checklist of who and what is needed to familiarise yourself.

From then on we are completely at your disposal offering 24 hour on-call family assistance and we welcome further meetings when requested to reassure, review or simply just to be there for you.

Who Can Register?
  • A close relative of the deceased including a relative by marriage or civil partnership
  • A relative in attendance during last stages of illness
  • A relative living in the district where the death occurred
    Any person present at the death or occupier of the premises where the death took place
  • The executor or other legal representative
Documents Required by Registrar
  • Medical certificate of death (Form 11)
  • NHS medical card if available
  • The person’s birth and marriage or civil partnership certificates if available
Info Required by Registrar
  • The full name, occupation and address of the person and his/her date and country of birth
  • If married or civil partner provide full name, date of birth and occupation of surviving spouse
  • If the person was divorced or his or her civil partnership was dissolved or annulled inform the registrar the full name and occupation of the husband, wife or civil partner
  • If the person had been married or in a civil partnership more than once, you should also give the registrar details of previous spouses and civil partners
  • The full name and occupation of the dead person’s father, and the full name and maiden surname of his/her mother
  • Inform whether the person was in receipt of a pension or an allowance from a public fund. National Insurance Number will be required.
  • The name and address of the person’s NHS doctor
The Registrar Will Give You
  • A certificate of registration of death (Form 14), to be given to the funeral director so that the funeral can go ahead
  • A form 334/SI, “Registration or notification of death” for use in obtaining or adjusting social security benefits or for national insurance purposes
  • On payment of the appropriate fee, an extract of the entry recorded in the Register of Deaths. You may need this to get information about the person’s assets. This could include things such as their pension, insurance policies, savings and premium bonds

Deaths outwith Scotland

If a loved one has died elsewhere in the UK or overseas we can make arrangements for their transport back to our premises, allowing for a local funeral.

We can also handle funeral arrangements when a person has passed away in the local area and the funeral service is to be held elsewhere, as we have close links throughout the country through our professional associations.

Rest assured, Robert Rarity are experienced in funeral arrangements to and from other countries and the various regulations and documents required.

Please contact us anytime for help with logistics.


To Robert and All Staff

Thank you for all your help and support following the loss of our beloved mum Annie.

- Brenda & Steph