What to do at time of bereavement

If death occurs at home:-

Telephone the Doctor. He/she will visit to confirm death has taken place. Contact the funeral director, or ask the doctor to do this for you. It is not necessary that the body of the deceased be removed immediately, you may want friends or relatives to visit before this is done.

If the doctor has attended the deceased within the last fourteen days he will be able to issue a death certificate. If not he/she will have to contact the coroner first. It is rare that a post-mortem has to be done.

When death occurs in hospital:-

Contact a funeral director to inform them that their services will be required. The death certificate should be collected from the hospital. Take this to the registrars office for the area in which the death took place.

Also take the deceased's medical card if available.  Take the green form, issued by the registrar, to the funeral directors who will take over complete responsibility for arranging the funeral. If there is any difficulty ring your selected funeral director.

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