In Times of Bereavement

If Death Occurs At Home

  1. Telephone the doctor who will discuss if a visit to confirm the death needs to take place. If a visit is needed, it will not always be an immediate visit.
  2. Contact a funeral director.
  3. New guidelines for the reporting of deaths mean that all deaths are reported to the Medical Examiners, who advise the Doctors to either issue the death certificate or refer the death to the Coroner’s Office.
  4. Once the Medical Examiners have advised the issuing of the Death Certificate, this will be issued by the Doctor and will be sent straight to the Registry Office.
  5. The Registry office 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

Note For Cremation

Your funeral director will usually liaise directly with the surgery regarding the additional certification required.