In Times of Bereavement

If Death Occurs At Home

1. Telephone the surgery and ask the doctor to 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 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. Or 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 can then make arrangements for the funeral. The Registrar will also issue a white notification certificate for the DSS. They will ask you how many Certified Copies you need to sort out the deceased person's finances, that is their bank accounts or insurance policies (they will charge a fee for each copy).

If The Death Occurs In Hospital

1. Ring a funeral director to let him know that you need his services.

2. Collect the certificate from the hospital then follow 4 - 5 as above

Note For Cremation

Your funeral director will usually ring the surgery if any other information or certificates are needed.

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