Contact should be made with the deceased’s doctor who will then come to certify the death. If satisfied with the cause of death the doctor will issue the Medical Certificate of Death. In some cases you may be asked to collect the certificate from the surgery.
You will normally be dealing with the Sister or Staff Nurse in charge. They will advise you when and where to collect the Cause of Death Certificate. You should let the staff know if the funeral is to be a cremation as the doctor will need to prepare papers and advising them at this stage may prevent delays later.
When someone dies unexpectedly, it is normal for the coroner to be involved. Coroners are automatically involved in most sudden or unexpected deaths, especially if the deceased has not been under a doctor’s care on a regular basis.
This is not cause for alarm. There are many simple reasons why a death may be reported; for example, if the person who has died has not seen their doctor for some time. The coroner’s enquiry will not necessarily delay the funeral and you should still contact us to begin arrangements, as we will be able to advise you further.
Bereavement counsellors may be able to provide support during these very difficult times. Talking about the loss often allows a person to adjust to their new life with all its changes - good and bad.
Keeping things bottled up or denying the sadness could prolong the pain. Any loss has to be acknowledged in order to move forward. Bereavement counselling can help people find a place for their loss, so they can carry on with life and eventually find acceptance.
We don't have our own team of bereavement counsellors, but you could speak to your G.P. or Church Minister. Also there are many local and national organisations who can help you, please see below: