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When a loved one dies, whether it is suddenly or after a long illness it falls on those close to them to arrange the funeral. It is a very emotional and stressful time, and there are many things that needed to be sorted out. Your funeral director is there to help you through the process, and should be able to help with most things, but there are a few things that you will need to do.
Firstly choose a Funeral Director. If the person passes away in a nursing home or in hospital they will need to know which director will be taking care of them, so when the inevitable happens they know who to call.
You will need to pick up the medical certificate, normally this will be provided by the deceased’s GP, or from the Bereavement office when the person passes away in hospital. An appointment will need to be made for this.
The death will have to be registered. This is done through the registry office, where again you must make an appointment, after you have the medical certificate. The registry officer will talk you through all the legalities, provide you with a death Certificate and a Green Form—your funeral Director will need this. It is also necessary to realise that the death must be registered at the office for the area in which the person died—not where they lived. If someone lived in the South Hams but died in Derriford Hospital the death would have to registered in Plymouth. If a person lived in Plymstock, but died in a Nursing home in Brixton or Plymouth the death would be registered in Totnes
When death takes place at home there is usually a kind friend, neighbour or relative able to attend to assist. Inform the doctor as soon as possible inform the doctor that death has occurred. He/she may write out the Medical Certificate of Death when he/she visits the house, or may request you attend the surgery for this purpose
When death happens in hospital the procedure is very similar. Apply to the hospital for the Medical Certificate of Death and not your family doctor.
In cases where the death has been reported to the Coroner the procedure is somewhat different. The Coroner and his officers are working in your interest. No doctor will issue a Medical Certificate of Death. This will be sent by the Coroner to the Registrar's Office in the district where the death occurred, after contact has been made with the Coroner's office.
Disposal Certificate for the funeral director (The Green Form)
Social Security Certificate to be handed in at the D.S.S. Offices with any pension books
Copies of Entry of Death for bank, insurance, solicitors
In some cases it is necessary for the Corner to become involved. Normally this is the case if the person has died suddenly and without seeing their regular doctor within two weeks; if there is something unusual about the death, or if the person has died in unnatural circumstances—through an accident or an illness that might be related to their profession.
It has to be remembered that through all of this and for any other issues that might arise your Funeral Director is there to help you, and are only a phonecall away for any advice or help you might need.