In the unfortunate event that a person has passed away, there are three things that must be done in the first few days:
1. Get a medical certificate from your GP or hospital doctor (this is necessary to register the death)
2. Register the death within 5 days. You will then receive the necessary documents for the funeral.
3. Make the necessary funeral arrangements.
Register the death
If the death has been reported to the coroner, they must give permission before registering the death.
You can register the death if you are a relative, a witness to the death, a hospital administrator or the person making the arrangements with the funeral directors.
You can use the ‘Register a Death’ page on the gov.uk website that will guide you through the process.
Arrange the funeral
The funeral can usually only take place after the death is registered. Most people use a funeral director, though you can arrange a funeral yourself.
If you are struggling with losing a loved one, please contact the surgery to speak to a GP who will do all they can to help you get through this tough time.