Who must complete and sign the Declaration of Death?

Declarant of the death

The declarant of the death needs to provide the information on the deceased, then sign and date the Declaration of Death form.

The declarant can be

  • the deceased’s spouse (by marriage or civil union)
  • a close relative (father, mother, brother, sister, son, daughter, uncle, aunt)
  • a person related by marriage or civil union (father-in-law, mother-in-law, son-in-law, daughter-in-law, brother-in-law, sister-in-law, uncle by marriage or aunt by marriage)
  • any other person who is able to identify the deceased (common-law spouse, friend, neighbor or hospital staff member).

Funeral director

The funeral director, or any person designated as the director’s representative, plays a leading role in the process of having a death that has occurred in Québec entered in the Québec register of civil status.

The funeral director's assistance is required to complete the Declaration of Death and submit it with the forms Attestation of Death and Application for the simplified forwarding of information relative to the death, as applicable, to the Directeur de l’état civil. The funeral director also must ensure that the declaration is completed and signed by the declarant of the death.

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Reviewed: 2019-10-24

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