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What to do when someone dies2018-09-30T18:58:10+00:00

What to do when someone dies

  • Contact the deceased’s doctor. They will need to certify the death and decide if they can issue the medical death certificate. If the deceased has not seen a doctor within 14 days they will have to refer the case to the coroner’s office.

  • Contact your chosen funeral director who will arrange for the deceased to be taken to the private chapel of rest.

  • Your details will be taken and a funeral director will contact you at a time convenient for you

What to do when a death has occurred at home that is sudden or unexpected

  • Contact the police who will contact a doctor on your behalf

  • The death will then be reported the coroner who will keep you and the funeral director informed of the proceedings.

  • The Police will contact your chosen funeral director to arrange for the deceased to be removed to the chapel of rest.

  • Your details will be taken and a funeral director will contact you at a time convenient for you

What to do when a death occurs in a nursing home

  • The nursing staff will take care of contacting the doctor to certify the death

  • The nursing staff will contact your funeral director who will then make arrangements to take the deceased to the chapel of rest

  • The funeral director will contact the doctor’s surgery on your behalf

  • You will need to see the doctor to collect the medical death certificate before you can make an appointment to register the death

What to do when a death occurs in hospital

  • The nursing staff will contact the next of kin if not present

  • They will arrange for the death to be certified by a doctor

  • The family will need to make an appointment with the bereavement office at the hospital to collect the medical certificate which you will need to make an appointment to register the death with the registrar

  • Contact your chosen funeral director who will liaise with the hospital when they can collect the deceased from the hospital