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What to do in the Event of Bereavement


At Home - As soon as possible, inform the doctor that death has taken place. He may write out a Medical Certificate of Death if the deceased has been seen in the last 14 days by a GP and the death was expected. This can be collected from the surgery. If cremation is to take place, the doctor should be informed as an independent doctor needs to verify the cause of death.

In Hospital - The Medical Certificate of Death will be made available to you by the hospital. The office dealing with these matters will inform you when this may be collected and indicate where and when you should attend the Registrar's office. Your funeral director will deal with the hospital concerning cremation certificates and also arrange collection of the deceased from the hospital.

Nursing Home - The Nursing Home will probably seek the family's permission for the deceased to be removed to the funeral directors as soon as practicable. The doctors will be informed by them and the Medical Certificate of Death may be left at the home, or awaiting collection from the surgery.

Away from Home - If the deceased had not been attended by a doctor or died suddenly, or was not being treated in hospital, then almost certainly the facts will be reported to the Coroner. If this happens your funeral director will be able to liaise with the Coroners Office on your behalf and advise you accordingly. Please feel free to make an appointment with your own doctor if you have any concerns or need any advice.


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