When Someone Dies
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When someone dies – what to do next.
When a loved one dies
The death of someone close to you can be overwhelming and you may need practical advice to help you manage.
If someone dies at home, you should contact the family doctor. Confirmation of the death will be carried out by the doctor or medical professionals who will attend the family home. As soon as this critical step is carried out then you can call your funeral director who will attend and bring the deceased into our care.
If the death was unexpected, accidental or violent, or indeed if there are unusual circumstances and if the cause of death is unknown then the Police must be called.
Upon their attendance further instruction will be given.
If the death occurs in a hospital setting the charge nurse or the Police will contact the nearest relative or next of kin and arrange a time for them to attend the hospital.
If you are the nearest relative or next of kin you may be asked to identify the body if the person was not an in-patient at the hospital.
Contact your chosen funeral director. The hospital will arrange for a medical certificate to be issued which will allow the process of registering the death to proceed.
We will be there at every stage of the registration procedure and the funeral arrangements to advise and assist you.