When someone dies it is a difficult time for everyone involved and you may find it hard to think about what you have to do. We are here to help guide you through what to do when death occurs.
Please remember we are here personally to support you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, with a qualified and licensed funeral director available to answer any questions you may have.
If the death is both expected and natural a Doctor who has been looking after the patient will be able to issue a Medical Certificate of Cause of Death (MCCD). This certificate is required to register the death unless a Coroner is involved.
If the person died in hospital, The Bereavement Service will advise you on how and when the MCCD is available and where to collect it from. Once you know when you can collect the MCCD then make an appointment with the Registrar.
Items useful to take with you, although not essential:
Birth and marriage certificates for the deceased
Details of any state benefits
NHS Medical card
National Insurance number of the deceased, also that of surviving spouse or partner
3. Arranging the Funeral
Funerals are becoming more personalised and there are many different ways to tailor the service to you and your family’s needs. Although traditional funerals are still popular many people are choosing alternative items and moving away from packages, or preferring to have more simple services.
We can help you decide:
Burial or Cremation
Religious Funeral, Non-Religious or Civil Funerals
Where the Service will be held
Hearse & Limousines for the day of the Funeral
The choice of Coffin or Casket
Choice of music & poetry
Flowers & Donations
Order of Service
These are only a few of the details to be considered and we are here to help you and guide you to the best option.
4. After the Funeral
Although traditional forms such as headstones are often referred to, a memorial can take a variety of forms. If the service was a burial, a memorial on the grave may well be the next step. Similarly there are memorial stones and tablets which can be used if cremated remains have been buried or scattered.