What to do when someone dies
We are here for you, all day, every day. In the event of a death the amount of information can be overwhelming in an already difficult situation. We have made a simple 'what to do' to try and answer some initial questions.
Medical Certificate of cause of death
When a person dies at home, in a hospital or in a nursing home, you will need to arrange for a doctor to issue a ‘medical certificate of cause of death'. This certificate is needed to register the death, however, if someone dies unexpectedly or abroad then the coroner may need to be notified. When this occurs it can take longer for the certificate to be issued. Should you require any assistance, call us at Haynan Funeral Service any time, any day.
When a person dies at home or in a nursing home
In the case of an expected death and once a medical professional has ‘verified death’ you can then contact us. We will then collect your loved one from their home or the nursing/care home and bring them into our care.
When a person dies in hospital
When a person dies abroad
When a person dies abroad you will need to contact the local British Embassy in the country of which the person has died. They will guide you through the next steps including how to register the death and advise on repatriation.
What is a coroner?
How to register a death
Registration of the death has to occur within 5 days in England, Wales and Northern Ireland with it being 8 days in Scotland. You can register the death by visiting your local Registrars. The Registrar will require you to have certain information about the person who has passed and will also need to see relevant documentation. The person who registers the death is usually a family member or next of kin but there are other options available if this is not possible. Find out more about registering a death here:
Should you have any more questions, please contact us and we will assist you as soon as possible. Alternatively, see also our general funeral director FAQs: