What To Do

The following list is designed to help families manage all the requirements associated with the loss of a loved one and to provide a reference point for the organisation of the funeral.

If you have any queries about any of the items listed below, or need any help in addressing any of them, please contact us and we will be happy to assist.

Also you will find some very helpful information on the government website regarding important issues involving a death https://www.gov.uk/browse/births-deaths-marriages/death

Obtaining the Death Certificate.
If your relative dies in hospital or a hospice, the bereavement officer or ward doctor will advise on where and when the death certificate can be obtained from.

When the death occurs at home or in a care home, the doctors surgery / GP. who attended during the last illness will be responsible for issuing the death certificate.

If the death is sudden or unexplained and the deceased has not seen a doctor 14 days prior, then it may be necessary for the coroner in the district where the person died to become involved.

Register the death of your loved one with the local registrar.
As well as the Death Certificate, the Registrar will need to see the deceased's birth certificate, NHS medical card (if available) and marriage certificate (if available).

As soon as you feel ready, contact your chosen funeral director.
We will assist you to begin to make arrangements for the funeral of your choice.

Start to plan the service.
Consider the music, hymns and readings that you want for the service, whom should be invited to deliver the eulogy, what floral tributes should be included and what arrangements need to be made for a gathering of mourners after the service (if you are holding one).

Inform the family and friends of the deceased of his/her passing.
Advise them of the funeral arrangements once confirmed