If Death Occurs At Home
1. Telephone the doctor who will visit to confirm that death has taken place.
2. Contact a funeral director.
3. Arrange to collect the doctor’s Medical Certificate of Death (usually from the surgery).
4. Make an appointment at the Registrars Office in the area in which the death took place alternatively you can register the death at any convenient Registrars Office but certificates will not be available and will have to be posted to you a few days later. You need to take the Death Certificate to the office and it is also helpful if you take the deceased’s Birth Certificate or Passport, to help check spellings, Marriage Certificate(if applicable) and Medical Card.
5. The Registrar will normally issue a Green coloured certificate for you to give to your funeral director who will look after necessary arrangements for the funeral. The Registrar will also issue a white notification certificate for the DSS. They will also enquire as to the number of Certified Copies you require for dealing with the deceased finances (a fee is payable for each copy).
If The Death Occurs In Hospital
1. Contact a funeral director to inform him his services are required.
2. Collect the certificate from the hospital then follow 4 – 5 as above
Note For Cremation
Your funeral director will usually liaise directly with the surgery regarding the additional certification required.