When the unfortunate event of a death occurs, there are a number of tasks which must be completed in order for the legal responsibilities to be fulfilled and also to enable the funeral arrangements to take place. All of these tasks are difficult to comprehend at the time when grief affects the emotions and actions of an individual, family relatives or friends. This is when the experience and knowledge of professionals is vital and the role of the funeral director becomes essential.

Below we have provided a guide of what needs to be done when a death occurs according to where it has taken place.

At Home

If the death occurs at home immediately contact your GP or the doctor on call to report the death to them. The doctor will then come to your home and upon issue of a death certificate; you are free to contact us to convey the deceased to our private chapel of rest. If the doctor is unable to issue a death certificate they will contact the local coroner who will make the necessary arrangements for the deceased to be taken into their care.

If the death occurs within a nursing or residential home the same applies.

In Hospital

If the death occurs in a hospital, the nursing staff will advise you when and where to collect the death certificate.

If the death occurs in a public place, the coroner is automatically involved and in this instance there will be no certificate of cause of death. The coroner will advise you of the procedures involved and when you can register the death.