A death certificate is an official document issued by the government, which declares cause of death, location of death, time of death and some other personal information about the deceased.
There are several reasons why you may need to obtain a death certificate. Most often it’s to serve as proof for legal purposes. These reasons may include accessing pension benefits, claiming life insurance, settling estates, getting married (if a widow or widower needs to prove that their previous partner has passed), or arranging for a funeral. Government officials may need the death certificate to review the cause of death during investigations to determine if foul-play occurred. Public health officials use death certificates to compile data on various statistics, including leading causes of death. Public health policies depend heavily on the mortality data from death certificates because they are the only source of information about the causes of death and illnesses preceding death. READ MORE