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    What do you do after someone has died?

    What do you do after someone has died? At a time when your emotions are all over the place, there are things that you need to consider after someone has died.

    When Someone Dies At Home Or In A Nursing Home?

    When someone dies at Home, the family doctor and closest family relative must be informed. If your loved one dies at a Nursing Home, the staff will arrange for the Doctor to visit. The Doctor who has attended your loved one during their last illness must complete a certificate giving the cause of death.

    The ‘Medical Certificate of Cause of Death’ is a legal requirement and is issued free of charge. Depending upon the day and time, the Doctor may issue the certificate at a later date, and you may be asked to collect this from the surgery. This certificate must be taken to your local Registrar of Births and Deaths, as this will allow registration to take place.

    When Someone Dies In Hospital?

    If someone dies in Hospital the Health Authority will arrange for the Medical Certificate of Cause of Death to be completed, and one will usually be asked to collect this from the Bereavement Officer. On some occasions the Hospital will want to carry out a post-mortem, for which consent from the nearest relative will be required. This request will be for additional information on the cause of death, and isn’t, in any way, a legal requirement.

    When you visit the Bereavement Officer to collect the Certificate, you will need to inform them of your intentions for the funeral. Should you opt for a Cremation, two additional documents will need to be completed by the Hospital, and the deceased cannot be removed from their care until these have been completed.

    In any case, we ask if you can contact us as soon as you feel able. We can then guide you through the immediate steps, and ensure you are fully aware of what is going on.

    When Someone Dies Suddenly?

    If there is doubt as to the cause of death - for example, if the death was sudden or the Doctor had not seen the person within fourteen days prior to death - then the Coroner must be informed. This procedure, in many cases, is just routine, and should not cause you concern. If the death is then considered to be from natural causes, the Coroner will issue a notification that they do not consider it necessary to carry out any further examination or hold an inquest.

    This documentation may be given to a relative to take to the Registrar or it will be sent to the Registrar direct. However, should the Coroner consider that further examination is required, to determine a medical cause of death, then he or she will authorise a Post Mortem Examination to be carried out. In that case, please contact us as soon as possible, so we can liaise with the Coroner and keep you informed of what is happening.

    Someone has just died

    At a time when you have just lost someone in death whom you love so much, it can be comforting to know that there are funeral directors who do really care. If you would like to talk to us about making funeral arrangements, we will be there to help, guide and support you through this awful time.

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