Hamel Funeral Care & Cremation Service of Quincy, Massachusetts

Providing Funeral Plans & Cremation Services to Massachusetts families of all faiths since 1932.

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About Death Certificates

Certified copies of the death certificate are legal documents issued through city and town clerk offices located throughout the State and charged for by the State of Massachusetts.

Because they are legal documents, it is extremely important that you provide us with the correct information when we prepare the original certificate. Please note that photocopies without the raised seal from the issuing clerk’s office are not accepted as legal documents.

You do not need to provide the Social Security or Veterans Administration a certified copy of the death certificate to receive benefits. We notify these two organizations on your behalf as a part of our service.

After the original death certificate has been signed by the attending physician or medical examiner and completed by the cremation service, it is filed with the Bureau of Vital Records. Generally, it takes from 3 to 5 days for the official death certificate to be filed. Certified death certificates can be issued by the city or town clerks’ office in the town that the death occurred in the state of Massachusetts. The fee for death certificates is in most cases is between $5 and $15.

The most expedient way to obtain certified copies of the death certificate is to go in person to your local city or town clerk’s office. Alternately, copies of the death certificate can be ordered through the Cremation Service and will be sent by mail form the clerk’s office to the family. Whether obtained in person or through the mail, death certificates must be paid for prior to being issued. Once filed, the Cremation Service does not maintain a copy of the death certificate.

Copies of death certificates may be needed for the following:

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“I just cannot thank you enough for all the extra caring things you did for us, freely from your heart. The prayer cards were amazing and beautiful, the service was very eloquent, the certificates were promptly sent, it was so thoughtful and caring of you to go above and beyond those extra miles for us. Your establishment, staff and service were impeccable and I cannot say enough to let you know that we highly recommend your establishment to everyone.”
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