What to do when someone dies

What to do when someone dies

If death occurs at home:

You should first telephone the deceased’s doctor who may call to confirm the death and issue the medical cause of death certificate if he is satisfied with the cause of death. You may be asked to collect the certificate from the surgery.

You can also contact us at this time, for advice, information, to begin making arrangements or to arrange for your loved one to be taken to the chapel of rest when you are ready.

If the doctor is unable to issue a death certificate he will contact the Coroner.

 

If death occurs in a nursing home

The nursing home will contact the doctor who may then call to confirm the death. The home should then contact the next of kin or Executor to advise them of the death and to ask which funeral director should be contacted. The home will advise if the death certificate has been left there by the doctor.

You should arrange to collect valuables and personal possessions from the home.

You can contact us at any time for help, advice or to begin making the funeral arrangements.

If the doctor is unable to issue a death certificate he will contact the Coroner.

 

If death occurs in hospital:

The staff will usually arrange for the doctor to issue the medical cause of death certificate. The hospital will also inform the next of kin or executor of the death. They will tell you when ypu may all for the death certificate and to collect any valuables and personal posessions. You will be asked to sign for these items.

The deceased will be taken to the hospital mortuary. Friends and relatives sometimes wish to see the deceased in the mortuary chapel. This can usually be arranged, and you should speak to the hospital about this.

You can also contact us at this time, for advice, information or to begin making arrangements.

If the doctor is unable to issue a death certificate he will contact the Coroner.

 

If somebody dies suddenly:

When a death occurs unexpectedly it is normal for the coroner to be involved. Either the doctor or police will contact the coroner. The Registrar also has the power to report to the coroner.

The procedures are somewhat different when this happens; You should still contact us and we will assist and guide you through this process, which will vary according to the particular circumstances