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When A Death Occurs

When someone passes away it is a difficult time for everyone involved and you may find it hard to think about what you have to do, below is a guide to help guide you through what to do at time of death of a loved one. It is not necessary for you to register the death before making funeral arrangements, and the sooner you contact us the sooner we can start to help and guide you through the process.

As soon as possible inform the doctor that death has occurred they may write out the Medical Certificate of Death when they visit the place of death whether it be the home/care home/place of residence or may request you attend the surgery for this purpose.

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What do i do if my loved one dies at Home?

When a person passes away at home there may be relatives, friends or neighbours to assist and support you. You should telephone the doctor as soon as possible to let them know. The doctor may write out the medical certificate of death when he visits the house, or may ask you visit the surgery for this purpose.

What do i do when Death Occurs in Hospital?

When death happens in hospital the procedure is very similar. Ask the hospital for the medical certificate of death

What happens if the Coroner has to be involved?

The Coroner may be involved when a death has happened suddenly, or where the Deceased has not seen a doctor in the last fourteen days. It is the Coroner’s job to establish the cause of death. The coroner’s procedure usually only takes a few days. The funeral director will keep the relatives informed of the situation. No doctor will issue a medical certificate of death. This will be sent by the coroner to the Registrar’s office in the district where the death occurred, after contact has been made with the coroners office. The funeral director will then be told when the family can register the death.

What if there has to be an Inquest?

When death is unexpected, or may be due to unnatural causes, an Inquest is necessary to find out what happened. The Coroner will open the Inquest and adjourn to a later date. After the Inquest the coroner will then release the deceased to enable the funeral to take place. The coroner will issue an interim certificate, which can be used for bank or insurance purposes. When the coroner completes the inquest the death can then be registered.

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