Should the death of your loved one occur at home, contact the family doctor’s surgery and give full details of the name of the deceased and the address of where they have passed away. A doctor will arrange to visit the place of death and certify that death has occurred. Once the doctor has visited and completed the necessary paperwork, you may now telephone your chosen funeral director (24 hours a day) and advise them that death has occurred, giving full details of the name and full address, informing them that the doctor has been to certify the death. The funeral directors will then arrange to be at the address, normally within 1 hour and will convey your loved one to their chapel of rest. At the time of this first meeting they will hand to you a leaflet giving advice on registration and will also advise you personally of the process. The surgery of where the deceased person was registered should be contacted either on the day or the following day to establish when the Medical Certificate of Cause of Death will be ready to collect from them, which will be required when registering the death with the registrar. The funeral director will arrange with you a time of which he will next be in contact with you to make the funeral arrangements.
If death occurred in hospital and you were not present at that time, the ward’s nursing staff will contact the next of kin.
The Medical Certificate of Cause of Death will be issued by a hospital doctor (unless the Coroner is informed) The certificate will be issued to the next of kin so that the death can be registered at the hospital registrars or the Register Office.
Your loved one will be conveyed to the hospital mortuary and will be cared for their until a funeral director is instructed to make the funeral arrangements. They will then be conveyed to their Chapel of Rest following the completion of any necessary documentation.
Should your loved one not have been attended by a doctor during his/her last illness or within 14 days prior to death, the Coroner will need to be informed of the death. Other circumstances may also be relevant as to why the Coroner should become involved. The Coroner’s Officers will contact the next of kin and advise them of their actions and when they should contact a funeral director to make the funeral arrangements.
David & Adele Gallagher. Dip.FD
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