When someone dies it comes as a great shock. Sometimes the death may be expected, but nothing prepares you for the emotional shock of losing someone close.

As your funeral directors, we are here to help and advise in whatever way we can. We are dedicated professionals who provide a personal service to you 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Whether the death occurs at home, in hospital or even abroad our caring staff are available to guide you through the process in every detail and answer any questions or concerns you may have.

It is a rare privilege to be a funeral director, to stand in a sensitive position at a crucial time in the midst of your family, knowing that the quality of our service and reputation will help you through this most difficult time in your lives.

What happens when someone dies in hospital

 

The deceased will not be released into our care until the necessary paperwork is completed.

 

What you need to do:

 

You’ll need a Medical Certificate of Death (death certificate) from the attending doctor. Bear in mind that this may take a while. Doctors work in shift patterns and you may need to wait for the same doctor to be back on duty.

 

If you are present at time of death remember to collect the personal belongings of your loved one before leaving hospital ward.

 

Contact us so we can guide you through the arranging of the funeral and bringing the deceased into our care.

 

What the hospital needs to know:

 

The hospital needs to be informed whether the funeral will be a burial or cremation, the deceased will be released into our care as soon as the doctor has completed the cause of death certificate.

 

If you decide on cremation, there will be some extra paperwork that the hospital will need to complete before they will release the deceased into our care.

 

When  someone dies at home
 

Even if it was expected, a death at home can be very upsetting. It’s perfectly ok to take a moment to yourself before you do anything else. Or you might want to ask a close friend or family member to be with you.

 

It may be helpful to you to contact us, the funeral directors, at this stage so we can guide you throught what are difficult steps.

 

Step 1

 

If the death was expected:

 

You need to call the deceased person’s GP;

if you call during surgery hours, the GP will normally come to the house to certify the death and issue a death certificate giving the cause of death (officially called the Medical Certificate of Death).

 

If you call out of normal surgery hours, an out-of-hours doctor will visit the house. The death certificate will not be issued but the out-of-hours doctor will give permission for the Funeral Director to take your loved one into their care. The certificate will be issued later, when the surgery re-opens.

 

If the death was unexpected:

(or the deceased hasn’t seen their GP in the past 30 days)

 

Call an ambulance. (A doctor can’t issue a certificate if they’re unsure of the cause of death. In this case, you need a coroner to establish the cause of death.) The deceased will be taken to the Coroner’s mortuary where a post mortem may be carried out.

 

Step 2  – Call us.

 

We’ll talk you through what happens next and the first decisions you need to make.

 

Please remember you can call us at any time before this point, if you want some extra support or guidance while the cause of death is confirmed.

Call us today on (028) 9066 7784

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