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What to do when someone dies at home

What to do when someone dies at home

If a loved one dies at home, you may not feel like dealing with practical matters, but there are a number of steps that must be taken. If a relative is terminally ill and has come home to die, it’s worth keeping a note of these steps so that you are not thrown into a panic when the time comes. Here’s what you need to do:

When the death is expected (i.e. due to a terminal illness)

1. Notify the next of kin immediately if you are not a close relative.
2. Contact the deceased’s GP or ring the NHS 111 helpline.
3. A doctor or nurse will need to visit the home to verify the death.
4. Once the death has been verified, you can call us at Far And Beyond Funerals and we’ll send an undertaker. Don’t worry if it’s out of hours because there is always somebody on call. The body will be removed discreetly and sensitively.
5. If your loved one died out of office hours, you may have to wait for the GP to issue a Medical Certificate of Cause of Death the next day. You will need this before you can register the death.
6. The death must be registered within the next 5 days. Failure to do this is a criminal act, but your local registrar may extend the deadline if there is a delay in issuing the Cause of Death certificate.
7. When you register the death, you will be given a green form, which allows for burial or cremation. Your Manchester funeral directors will need this before the funeral can take place.

If the death is unexpected

1. You will need to call the police or ambulance service immediately.
2. Do not touch the body or the immediate vicinity if the cause of death is not known.
3. The police will authorise the removal of the body by your local funeral director.
4. A coroner may be asked to do a post mortem if the cause of death cannot be established. The funeral cannot take place until this happens.

For more advice about what to do when someone dies at home, get in touch with us at Far and Beyond Funerals today.