What to do when someone dies

Contact the GP to confirm death and issue the cause of death certificate
If the death is unexpected, the coroner might need to be informed. Your GP will advise on this.

Contact your Funeral Director
Decide whether you would like the body moved immediately or after family members and /or priest or religious leader have come to the house.

Check the will to see if there are any stated wishes regarding the funeral.

Decide on burial, cremation or repatriation.

Register the death – some registrars operate an appointments system; you will need; Full name of the deceased including Maiden name; Occupation; Details of any state pensions or allowances; Home address; Date & place of birth; Date of birth of any surviving widow(er); Cause of Death Certificate, from the GP; Money for additional copies of the death cert. In addition to the official death certs , the registrar will give you a green certificate for burial or cremation and a white certificate for the Department for Work and Pensions (DSS). If you want the deceased to be repatriated, you should tell the registrar this.

Arrange the funeral. Some of the issues for you to consider:

  • Secular or Religious Funeral Service? Which Cemetery or Crematorium?
  • Decide on whether you would like to view the body of the deceased and in what clothes.
  • How you can make the funeral special. What music & readings would be appropriate?
  • Should you have flowers or donations?
  • Where should the funeral go from? How many cars do you need?
  • How can the family be involved?
  • Do you want an announcement in a newspaper?
  • After the funeral decide on disposal of the ashes or decide on what type of memorial you would like.