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In Times of Bereavement

It is always hard during times of bereavement and we understand that you will want things to go as smoothly as possible during your difficult time. We have put this page together to form a basic list of tasks that need to be undertaken and we hope that this minimises any additional stresses that you will obviously have.
If a death occurs at home
1) Telephone the doctor who will visit to confirm that death has taken place
2) Contact a funeral director
3) Arrange to collect the doctor's Medical Certificate of Death (usually from the surgery)
4) Take this certificate to the Registrars Office (together with the deceased's medical card and birth certificate if available) for the area in which the death took place. Alternatively, you can register by declaration at any convenient Registrars Office but certificates will not be available as these will have to be posted to you a few days later.
5) The Registrar will normally issue a green-coloured certificate for you to give to your funeral director who will look after the necessary arrangements for the funeral. The Registrar will also issue a white notification certificate for the DSS. They will also enquire as to the number of Certified Copies you require for dealing with the deceaseds finances as a fee is payable for each copy)
If a death occurs in hospital
1) Contact a funeral director to inform them that their services are required
2) Collect the certificate from the hospital then follow steps 4 and 5 above
Cremation note
Your funeral director will usually liaise directly with the surgery regarding the additional certification required.
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