What Happens When Someone Passes Away

Doctors that have attended to the deceased will need to complete necessary paperwork before releasing them into our care. They will also issue the medical certificate needed to register the death at your local registry office.The Bereavement Office will ideally need to know if the funeral for your loved one will be a cremation or a burial, as the paperwork is slightly different.

Death at Home or in a Nursing Home

If passing occurs at home someone will need to verify death in all cases, the usual practice is to call the usual GP surgery responsible for your loved one’s care. If it is out of hours, there will be a number to call on the surgery answer phone. Paramedics can also verify a death.

If your loved one has died in a nursing home, generally the staff will contact the doctor to come and confirm the cause of death. Once the passing has been verified, you can contact us to come to take your loved one into our care. Any day, any time.

Sudden Death

If your loved one hasn’t seen a GP within 14 days, it is standard practice for the passing to be passed to the coroner. This just means that an officer will look over the paperwork relating to your loved one, to establish the best way of determining the cause of death.

Registering a Death

When someone passes away, the death needs to be registered within the area in which they passed by their next of kin, executor, or someone who was present at the time of death who knew the deceased.

The registry offices usually run an appointment system so that you can allocate a time that is suitable for you. If you are unsure of which registry office to use or of their procedures, just call us and we can help you right from the start.

If you have any queries or need assistance through this process, we are here 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Get in touch with our funeral directors for more information on the process and the ceremonies we organise in Lichfield, Staffordshire.

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