It can be a confusing time following a death and difficult to know what you need to do first, especially if this is the first time you are experiencing it.
There are many procedures that will need to be undertaken. What needs to happen first will depend on the circumstances of the death and whether the person died in hospital, at home, a public place or overseas. This will also affect the type of documentation that you will be given.
There are also many people who will need to be informed of the death.
If Death Occurs At Home
1. Telephone the doctor who will visit to confirm that death has taken place.
2. Contact a funeral director.
3. Arrange to collect the doctor's Medical Certificate of Death (usually from the surgery). This may take a couple of days as the GP who last consulted with the deceased person needs to complete the certificate.
4. Take this to the Registrars Office, (together with the deceased's Medical Card and Birth Certificate, if available) for the area in which the death took place. Alternatively you can register by declaration at any convenient Registrars Office but certificates will not be available as these will have to be posted to you a few days later.
5. The Registrar will normally issue a Green coloured certificate for you to give to your funeral director who will look after necessary arrangements for the funeral. The Registrar will also issue a white notification certificate for the DSS. They will also enquire as to the number of Certified Copies you require for dealing with the deceased finances (a fee is payable for each copy).
If The Death Occurs In Hospital
1. Contact a funeral director to inform him his services are required.
2. Collect the certificate from the hospital then follow 4 - 5 as above
Note For Cremation
Your funeral director will usually liaise directly with the surgery regarding the additional certification required
Further advice can be obtained from The Bereavement Advice Centre https://bereavementadvice.org/topics/what-to-do-when-someone-dies. For advice on coping with a bereavement, please contact NHS Choices http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/bereavement/Pages/bereavement.aspx