When somebody dies, what to do next.

 

When A Loved One Dies At Home

When someone passes away at home and they have been receiving medical attention from their GP, the first thing you need to do is call their GP for them to come to the address and certify death. If it is out of hours you still need to call but may find a Locum attends to certify the death. Once they have attended you then need to call us. We will collect your loved one and bring them into our care to one of our Funeral Homes. Please note we offer a 24 hour service so time is not an issue.

Next working day you need to contact their GP to obtain the medical certificate. Once you have the medical certificate you then need to contact the Registry Office to register your loved one’s death and obtain the death certificate/s.

If Death Is Sudden Or Unexplained

If somebody passes away suddenly or unexpectedly the Police will attend alongside any medical professional present (Paramedics / Doctors). This is usual practice so please don’t be alarmed.

The Coroner will then be notified and liaise with you, offering instruction over what happens next.

When A Loved One Dies In Hospital

The hospital will notify the Next of Kin if they are not already aware. Each hospital has their own bereavement office. If you haven’t already been given their contact details, we will get them for you. They have their own opening hours so will arrange a time for you to collect the Medical certificate and notify them that we will be taking care of your loved one. We will then liaise with them so we can bring your loved one into our care to one of our Funeral Homes. Once you have the medical certificate you then need to contact the Registry Office to register your loved one’s death and obtain the death certificate/s.

If Somebody Dies While in The Care of a Care Home/Nursing Home/Hospice

The home or hospice will notify you of your loved one’s passing if you are not already aware. Their GP will be called to certify the death. This may be a Locum, depending on the time of day. We are available to bring your loved one into our care 24 hours a day.

The next working day you must contact their GP to obtain the medical certificate. Once you have the medical certificate you then need to contact the Registry Office to register your loved one’s death and obtain the death certificate/s.

 

In each circumstance we are on hand 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to assist you every step of the way. We can offer help and guide you on what needs to be done.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to Contact Us and we will do our utmost to help in any way we can.

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