When Death Occurs

When someone dies it is a stressful and confusing time. All of a sudden a multitude of decisions and arrangements need to be made within a very short time period, including several legal requirements and responsibilities.

If the death occurs at hospital – The ward’s nursing staff will contact the next of kin and arrange a time for them to collect the deceased’s possessions together with a Medical Certificate of Death.  The deceased will be kept in the hospital mortuary until transport arrangements have been made with the Funeral Director.

If the death occurs at home – First contact should be made with the family Doctor, who after determining the cause of death will issue the Medical Certificate of Death and advise you on what to do next.

If the death occurs abroad – In this instance first contact should be with the local police who will connect you with the British Consulate, and from there arrangements can be made for burial or international repatriation. A local death certificate will be issued and all regional laws and procedures must be followed.

If the death is sudden, unknown or suspicious – The death will be referred to a coroner who will investigate the circumstances and cause of death before issuing a certificate allowing the death to be registered.