In Times Of Bereavement – Practicalities and Support

If Death Occurs At Home

  • 1. Telephone the doctor who will visit to confirm that death has taken place. It is a legal requirement that the GP who issues the death certificate and, if required, the cremation form, needs to have seen the patient in the preceding 14 days. Therefore it is not always possible for this paperwork to be completed the same/next day as the GP may not be at work. We will always prioritise work to get the certificates and forms done as quickly as we can.
  • 2. Contact a funeral director.
  • 3. Arrange to collect the doctor’s Medical Certificate of Death (usually from the surgery)
  • 4. Make an appointment at the Registrar’s office and take the Medical Certificate of Death to the Registrar’s 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 Registrar’s 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 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 deceased finances (a fee is payable for each copy).

If The Death Occurs In Hospital

  • 1. Contact a funeral director to inform him his services are required.
  • 2. Collect the certificate from the hospital then follow 4 – 5 as above