After a Death

IN THE CASE OF A SUSPECTED DEATH

  1. Firstly, contact the patients GP and inform them of the death so that you may obtain a white medical certificate. Once the doctor has been you may contact your funeral director to collect your loved one. We would suggest that you nominate one member of family to undertake the funeral planning which will eliminate confusion.
  2. Once GP has confirmed the death and issued the white medical certificate, you will need to take the white medical certificate to your local Registrar of Births, Deaths & Marriages.
  3. When registering the death with your local Registrar you will need to inform them whether you wish to bury your loved one in this country or whether you want to bury them abroad – outside the United Kingdom e.g. Bangladesh, Turkey, Pakistan etc.

 

IN THE CASE OF A SUDDEN DEATH

  1. Firstly, contact the emergency services. An ambulance and police will attend the scene and contact the coroner to report the death.
  2. The coroner will organise for your loved one to be removed to the local public mortuary and an investigation into the cause of death will be started. This may result in a post mortem after which, on completion of the investigation, you can continue with your funeral arrangements.
  3. Your funeral director can liaise with the coroner regarding collection and further arrangements and in certain cases if the family wish to try and avoid a post mortem they can request an MRI scan, we can help with this. It ultimately is at the coroner’s discretion and sometimes a post mortem will still be required if a cause of death is not established from the MRI scan.
  4. If the cause of death has been ascertained, then family will be required to register at the local Registrar’s office. If the cause of death has not been ascertained, the coroner will provide interim paperwork to the funeral director and an inquest will be opened and adjourned . The funeral can take place but the exact cause of death might not be disclosed until after the inquest , if at all.

 

WHAT TO DO IF SOMEONE DIES IN HOSPITAL OR HOSPICE

  1. If the death is expected then the medical practitioner will provide the family with the medical death certificate for them to take to the Registrar. Once the family has registered the death, they can fax or take the original to the funeral director and collection of the decease can be arranged. Most institutions require a copy of the registration certificate in order to release a deceased person.
  2. If the death was not expected, or occurs during or following an operation, it is likely that the death will be referred to the coroner. The coroner will investigate the case and make a decision as to whether a post mortem needs to be performed and that can take place at the hospital or a the local public mortuary. The family will be informed and once concluded they can continue with their arrangements.
  3. If the cause of death has been ascertained, then family will be required to register at the local Registrar’s office. If the cause of death has not been ascertained, the coroner will provide interim paperwork to the funeral director and an inquest will be opened and adjourned . The funeral can take place but the exact cause of death might not be disclosed until after the inquest , if at all.