Richard Green Funeral Service

Independent Family Funeral Director and Memorial Masons

What to do when a death occurs

If your relative dies in hospital, the next of kin or named person will be informed of the death. 

The larger hospitals will keep the deceased until you have instructed us to carry out the collection and all of the necessary paperwork has been completed. Smaller hospitals such as Uckfield Hospital will contact the named funeral director to make arrangements for collection at an earlier time, and the paperwork will be completed whilst the deceased is in our care. You can contact us at any time to instruct us to deal with the funeral arrangements for your loved one, (our telephone is answered 24 hours a day).

If the person has died at a nursing home, the death must be confirmed either by a doctor or a member of staff qualified to do so, prior to collection by the chosen funeral director. Hospices have their own doctors who will confirm and certify the death, and will usually hold the deceased until the cremation paperwork (should it be required) has been completed. The nursing home or hospice will contact us on your behalf to arrange collection.

When someone dies at home and the death was expected, you should call the deceased’s Doctors Practice, (or the out of hours Doctors Service if necessary), to attend the deceased. You can telephone us at any time, but we cannot collect the deceased until death has been confirmed by a qualified person.

In all of the above cases, the doctor who will issue a Medical Certificate is the doctor who last attended the deceased prior to death. The doctor will email the Certificate to the Registrar’s Office, but this may take several days. Once this has been done we will advise you to make an appointment to register the death.

When a person dies unexpectedly it is necessary to contact the deceased’s usual doctor, or the out of hours doctor, who will then decide if the coroner should be contacted. If the death was not expected it is normal practice for the doctor to inform the Police. When the coroner is involved, a post-mortem may be necessary to confirm the cause of death. Provisional funeral arrangements may be made at this time but the date of the funeral may be delayed until the coroner is able to release the deceased, and provide the relevant paperwork, to allow the funeral to take place.

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125 High Street, Uckfield,
East Sussex TN22 1RN

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