What happens next?

Deaths at private residences

Following a death at a private residence or nursing home from natural causes, it is likely that the person may have been unwell for some time, had an underlying serious illness or condition, or simply reached old age. In this instance the death will need to be confirmed by a registered nurse, doctor or other qualified person.

This will then allow arrangements to be made for the collection of your loved one. Once you are ready for this to happen, a Funeral Director will need to be called to transfer the deceased to a mortuary or private chapel of rest. This could be outside of office hours during the night, or at the weekend. Brunskill Family Funerals is available 24/7 for such calls.

Deaths at private residences

Following a death at a private residence or nursing home from natural causes, it is likely that the person may have been unwell for some time, had an underlying serious illness or condition, or simply reached old age. In this instance the death will need to be confirmed by a registered nurse, doctor or other qualified person.

This will then allow arrangements to be made for the collection of your loved one. Once you are ready for this to happen, a Funeral Director will need to be called to transfer the deceased to a mortuary or private chapel of rest. This could be outside of office hours during the night, or at the weekend. Brunskill Family Funerals is available 24/7 for such calls.

Deaths in hospitals and hospices

If the death occurs in a hospice or hospital ward it is most likely that they have facilities available to care for the person that has died, in which case this will happen on site and this will be taken care of by the nursing staff in attendance.

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When the necessary documentation and registration has been finalised then the Funeral Director can attend to collect your loved one from the place of death, once clearance has been given for them to do so (usually during normal working hours). In the above two scenarios the GP or doctor who attended the patient and saw them within the last 28 days will be able to complete the Medical Cause of Death Certificate. This will be forwarded electronically by the GP or hospital to the relevant Registration District and a Registrar will contact you to arrange the registration.
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It may be that the death was sudden or unexpected, or the doctor who attends is unable to ascertain for sure the exact cause of death. In these circumstances the Coroner will become involved, and it is quite likely that a post-mortem will be scheduled at the Coroner’s Public Mortuary, to confirm what the cause of death was, so the death can then be registered and the body released back into the care of the Funeral Director.

We will need some paperwork as we progress through the funeral arrangements:

  • The green registration certificate once the death has been registered
  • If the death was referred to the coroner they will issue the paperwork directly to us
  • A hospital release form if the death occurred in hospital
  • If you are planning a burial in an existing grave we may need the grave ownership deeds

All other paperwork we will provide and complete together with you or by post.

Further support

At Brunskill Family Funerals we understand bereavement can be a difficult time for family and friends. Below are a number of external groups offering support and practical advice in a wide range of areas. We are also available should you need any further assistance understanding what to do:

 

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Call Brunskill Family Funerals today on 020 3887 2090.