When a death occurs in a hospital, medical staff arrange for the death to be certified by a doctor. This doctor will importantly issue a Medical Certificate of Death. At this point the hospital may contact a funeral director on your behalf to collect your loved one. You have the right to request a specific funeral director or subsequently have your loved one recovered to a funeral director of your choice. If you have any questions regarding arrangements, we are happy to provide independent and free advice during this difficult time.
The Medical Certificate is a very important document and will need to be collected from the hospital to enable the death to be registered with the registrar. If a cremation is to take place for the deceased, additional cremation forms will be arranged by the hospital. These forms are not required for a burial.
When a death occurs in a residential care home, nursing home or hospice, the nursing team will arrange for the doctor to certify the death and complete the Medical Certificate of Death. When this has taken place, the funeral director can be called to transfer the deceased to their premises. If the deceased is to be cremated then the funeral director will arrange for the cremation forms to be completed. These forms are not required for burial.
The Medical Certificate will need to be collected from the home to enable the death to be registered with the registrar.
When a death occurs at a private residence and is expected, the deceased's GP must be contacted to enable the doctor to come and certify the death. When this has taken place, the funeral director can be called to transfer the deceased to their premises. The doctor will issue a Medical Certificate of Death. This would either be given to you at home or you would need to collect it from the doctor's surgery. You will need this to enable you to register the death.
If the deceased is to be cremated then the funeral director will arrange for the cremation forms to be completed. These forms are not required for burial.
When a sudden or unexpected death occurs, often the coroner will need to be informed. This can be due to many reasons, such as an accident, a trauma or simply that the deceased had not been seen by their doctor for a period of time. The HM Coroner has a duty to establish cause of death if the doctor is unable to certify a definite cause.
If the coroner feels further examinations are required, you would be informed by the coroner's officer. They would also keep you informed of any progress with the cause of death.
In due course notification issued by the coroner would be sent to the registrar. This enables the death to be registered in the normal way.
By law, all deaths in England and Wales have to be registered, once the Medical Certificate of Death has been issued by the deceased's doctor. The death must be registered at the local registrar's office to where the person passed away. An appointment would need to be made at the registrar's office beforehand. When the HM Coroner is involved, the coroner's officer dealing with the case will advise you when this may take place.
More people are now choosing to make their own funeral arrangements to relieve some distress from their loved ones. If you wish to prearrange or prepay your funeral, this would guarantee your wishes will be taken into account.
Golden Charter Funeral Plans. Details of these prepayment plans are available on request or by clicking the Golden Charter logo below. We are more than happy to discuss available plans and answer any questions you may have, with no obligation to taking out a plan.