The First Steps

The death of a loved one can be a very distressing, troubling time and it can be hard to know what to do next. This page aims to guide you through the necessary steps that will have to be made after someone close passes away and explain the administrative procedures involved.

What to do first

If the death has occurred in a private residence you will need to contact the person's GP or the out of hours service. If the death occurs in a nursing home or hospice generally the staff will summon a Doctor or other qualified person on your behalf. In both instances if practical, this should be the Doctor that looked after the person during their last illness.

(N.B. If the doctor or qualified person who certifies death is not the patients normal Doctor, the necessary documentation will need to be collected from their normal Doctors surgery)

The Doctor will issue the following documentation:

  • A Medical Certificate that states the cause of death
  • A Formal Notice that states that the Doctor has signed the Medical Certificate and informs you how to register the death.

Once the doctor has attended, you will need to make arrangements for the deceased to be taken to the Funeral Director's Chapel of Rest.

If the Doctor cannot certify as to the cause of Death, i.e. the deceased died suddenly, they will notify the Coroner. It is the duty of the Coroner to investigate the circumstances of the death in order to try to establish the cause. Once the Coroner has been informed, they will arrange for the deceased to be taken to the local hospital and it is possible that a post mortem examination may take place. A post mortem examination is a medical examination of the body to establish more about the cause of death, contact details for the Coroner's service are below:

Details you may need
What to do in the first five days
What happens if there isn't a Will?
Registering the Death
Funeral Arrangements
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