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A Death - What next?

If a death occurs at home, first contact the family doctor or out of hours G.P. who will attend and certify death. If a death occurs in a Nursing or Care Home the staff will attend to the above on your behalf.

Once the doctor has certified death, the Funeral Director can then be called.

A Medical Certificate which shows the cause of death will then be issued by the deceased’s G.P. and an appointment may need to be made at the surgery to collect this.

If death occurs in Hospital the doctor attending to the deceased will issue the Medical Certificate which shows the cause of death. This is usually collected from the Bereavement Office at the hospital.

If the death is sudden or unexpected, the Police have to attend. They will collect information and the death will be reported to the Coroner. The Police act on behalf of the Coroner by investigating the circumstances of the death. It is usual for there to be a post-mortem. Sometimes even though a death may be a Coroners matter initally, a Doctor may later be able to certify the death, thus negating the need for a post-mortem. Any certificates may be issued by the Coroner.

Vernon Rush Funerals can provide further advice, if desired


All deaths must be registered, usually within 5 days of the death. Most Registry Offices work by an appointment system.

Who can register a death :

  • Close relative of the deceased.

  • A relative in attendance during their last illness.

  • A relative living in the district where the death occurred.

  • A person present at the time of death.

  • If none of the above are available , some registrars allow the person arranging the funeral to register the death.

Documents required :

  • Medical Certificate for the cause of death.

  • Medical card if available.

  • Birth certificate and information regarding date of birth.

  • Marriage Certificate if the deceased is a married lady.

Information required to register :

  • Date and place of death.

  • Full name of the deceased.

  • Date and place of birth.

  • Occupation and home address.

  • If married, full name and occupation of the surviving spouse.

Documents received from the Registrar.

The Registrar will issue a green certificate. This is most important as it allows for burial or cremation, and needs to be passed to the Funeral Director as soon as practicable.

In cases where the Coroner has been involved, any documents for the Funeral Director will be collected from the Coroner on your behalf.

Certified copies of the entry in the Death Register (Death Certificate) may be purchased from the registrar for bank and insurance purposes etc. This is usually much less expensive if they are obtained at the time of registration. We suggest that representatives ask for at least 3 copies to enable speedy processing of estate matters.

 If needed, please contact-us  for further information or advice

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