What to do when a death occurs
It can be a confusing time for people when a death
occurs and difficult to know what to do.
What needs to happen first depends on the circumstances
of the death and the place of death.
When someone dies in hospital
If the deceased has died in hospital and you are the
named next of kin, the hospital staff will inform you.
You will have to wait for the appropriate documentation
in order to register the death.
The bereavement office staff will advise on this.
You can contact us and we will talk you through anything
you are concerned about.
Once the appropriate papers have been issued we can
collect the deceased from the hospital and bring them
back into our care.
What to do if someone dies at home
If a death was unexpected, you should dial 999 and ask
for an ambulance and police immediately.
You will be told what to do by the operator.
The paramedics will confirm the death.
Leave the area untouched apart from any attempt at
If the death was expected, perhaps due to terminal
illness, you should contact the deceasedís Doctor or the
If the cause of death is known and from natural causes
the Doctor will issue the documents to register the
Once a Doctor has confirmed an expected death you can
call us on 01371 856274 or 01371 856377 and we will come
out and collect the deceased and take them into our care
at any time.
If the Doctor is unsure of the cause of Death the
deceased may be referred to a coroner to determine the
cause of death.
This may cause a delay in the documents needed to
register the death.
Registering a death
If you are unsure about this or have problems getting to
a register office contact us and we will help.
You should register within 5 days in the district in
which the death has occurred.
You can make an appointment online or we can for you if