Below are some notes to help guide you through what to do next. However, you may prefer to discuss the next steps personally and if so, we would ask that you please call us on 01953 889328. We are here to help and we will guide you through every step of the arrangements.
If a death occurs at home
If an expected death occurs at home and the doctor has visited over the previous 14 days, then you should contact your surgery as soon as possible, even if this is out of hours, there is always a duty doctor to speak to. They will then advise you if you are able to call your chosen funeral director to arrange for your loved one to be taken into the care of their Chapel of Rest. The doctor will issue the Medical Certificate of Cause of Death and the surgery will let you know when this will be available to be collected. Upon receipt of the Medical Certificate you will then need to book an appointment at the Registrar’s office.
If a death was unexpected or the doctor has not visited within the last 14 days, these circumstances can be referred to as a sudden or unexpected death and may be reported to HM Coroner and the police will need to be contacted. The police act on behalf of HM Coroner and they will contact a contracted funeral director who will remove the deceased and take them into the care of the hospital where a post-mortem examination may need to be carried out. A Coroner’s Officer will keep you informed of what is happening. You are able to contact your chosen funeral director and advise them of what has happened and start to make funeral arrangements.
When a death occurs in a hospital or a nursing home
If the death has occurred in a hospital, they will have a bereavement office or a patient services department that will arrange all the necessary paperwork for you. You will be given their contact details and be asked to call them to arrange an appointment.
If the death has occurred in a nursing home the staff will contact the doctor for you. If you haven’t already done so they will ask you to confirm your chosen funeral director whom they will contact on your behalf to arrange for your loved one to be taken into the care of their Chapel of Rest.