You do not require a doctor's sickness certificate for any illness lasting seven days or less. Your employer may however require you to complete a self-certification form (SC2) which is available from your employer or on the HMRC website.
Evidence that you are sick
If you are sick for more than seven days, your employer can ask you to give them some form of medical evidence to support payment of SSP (statutory sick pay).
What to do in the event of the death of a family member
The Scottish Government has produced a helpful leaflet, which is available from the surgery, or via the weblink http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Publications/2003/08/17011/21438