Experiencing the death of a loved one, whether sudden or expected, is extremely difficult. Knowing what to do after a loved on has died can be even more difficult - so we have made a helpful guide to assist you through this tough time
What to do if a loved one dies at home or a carehome
If the death is unexpected then you should call the police.
If the death was expected and a doctor had recently seen the deceased, call the doctor to inform them. The doctor will issue a medical certificate so you can register the death (which needs to be done within 5 days). You should also let the doctor know if the deceased is to be cremated.
If the doctor does not require a post mortem examination by a coroner then you are free to arrange the collection of the body.
For more advice, head to our previous blog on what to do when a loved one dies at home.
If a loved one dies in hospital
If a coroner is required for a post mortem examination then this will have to be done before a medical certificate can be provided.
Once you receive a medical certificate from the doctor you will be able to register the death (which must be done within 5 days).
You can then arrange for the collection of the body (you may be required to sign for the body to be released by the hospital).