HELP & GUIDANCE

When a Death Occurs

DEATH AT HOME

Contact the deceased’s doctor or the Out of Hours Doctor depending on the time of death.

DEATH AT A NUSRING HOME

A member of the nursing home staff will liaise with the doctor

DEATH AT HOSPITAL

A member of the hospital staff will help you with the procedures to follow.

REGISTERING A DEATH

Any relative at the local registrar office

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WHAT TO DO WHEN DEATH OCCURS

Scott Otley Funeral Director is here to assist you

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AT HOME

Contact the deceased’s doctor or the Out of Hours Doctor depending on the time of death. 
In normal circumstances, the deceased’s GP will issue the Medical Certificate of Death. If the Out of Hours Doctor is contacted, they will confirm the death until the deceased’s own G.P can issue the certificate.
You should then contact Scott Otley Funeral Director for further assistance.

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AT HOSPITAL

A member of the hospital staff will help you with the procedures to follow.
The staff will let you know if the doctor is issuing the Medical Certificate of Death or if the coroner is to be involved.
You should then contact Scott Otley Funeral Director for further assistance.

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AT A NURSING HOME

A member of the nursing home staff will liaise with the doctor, who will issue the Medical Certificate of Death.
You should then contact Scott Otley Funeral Director for further assistance.

 
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OTHER QUESTIONS YOU MAY HAVE?

Do not hesitate to contact Scott Otley Funeral Director for further help and support

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WHO CAN REGISTER THE DEATH?

A relative, a person present at the time of death or the person arranging the funeral.

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WHERE CAN YOU REGISTER A DEATH?

At any registrar’s office within Northern Ireland.

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INFORMATION REQUIRED WHEN REGISTERING A DEATH

You should be in a position to provide the following details about the deceased person, when you are registering the death:


  • Full name, surname and maiden name (if applicable)

  • DOB

  • Place of birth

  • Date of death

  • Place of death

  • Occupation

  • Residing address

  • If the deceased person was receiving, a pension or other public fund?


If the deceased was married, the following details, of the surviving spouse will be required at the time of registering the death:


  • Full name

  • Occupation

  • DOB

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DOCUMENTATION YOU BE REQUIRED TO PROVIDE AT THE TIME OF REGISTERING THE DEATH

MCCD (medical certificate for the cause of death). 


This is provided by the deceased’s G.P or the hospital doctor, depending on where the death occurred.


If the death has been referred to the coroner, the Coroner’s Liaison Officer will advise you on what steps to take next.  (Please do not hesitate to contact Scott or the office directly, should you have any queries regarding this)


Details of pension or any allowances the deceased was receiving.

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DOCUMENTS YOU WILL RECEIVE FROM THE REGISTRAR

A GRO21 form will be provided by the registrar.

You should provide this form to Scott Otley Funeral Director, at your earliest convenience.

This form is required to allow funeral arrangements to be carried out.

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THE ROLE OF THE CORONER

The coroner is appointed to investigate all sudden, violent or unnatural deaths.
The coroner will also be involved if a person dies in a prison or police custody.

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POST-MORTEMS

The coroner may decide a post-mortem is required to investigate further how the person died.

This will be carried out in either a hospital or a mortuary.

You cannot object to a coroner’s post-mortem. However, the coroner will appoint a liaison officer who will provide you with the details of when & where the post-mortem will take place.

In normal circumstances, the PSNI will be involved with the coroner’s investigation.

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AFTER THE POST-MORTEM

The coroner will release the deceased’s body to allow the funeral to take place.

This will only happen once they have completed the post-mortem examinations & no further investigations are required.

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WHO TO INFORM WHEN A DEATH OCCURS?

At your earliest convenience, you or a person appointed, should inform the following people involved with the deceased:


  • Relatives and friends

  • Employer/ Employer’s

  • School/ College/ University

  • Solicitor

  • National Insurance Contributions Office (this will cancel any further payments if the deceased was self-employed)

  • Landlord or Local Authority if the deceased was in rented accommodation

  • Local Authority if the deceased paid Council Tax or was issued with a Disabled Parking Badge

  • Insurance or finance companies

  • Bank/Building Society or mortgage lender

  • Credit or store card providers

  • TV & Internet companies

  • Royal Mail

  • UK Passport Agency

  • Social groups to which the deceased belonged

  • Dentist

  • Creditors