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What to do when someone dies

It is perfectly normal to be unsure of what to do when someone dies. Simplicity Cremations are here to help walk you through the steps that need to be carried out when someone dies, so you can get things done the right way. Don’t forget, we are available to talk to at all hours should you need us.

What to do when someone dies

It is perfectly normal to be unsure of what to do when someone dies. Simplicity Cremations are here to help walk you through the steps that need to be carried out when someone dies, so you can get things done the right way. Don’t forget, we are available to talk to at all hours should you need us.

Step 1: Get a medical certificate

When someone dies at home, a GP should be called but if this is not possible then call 111 and ask for an ambulance. A medical form will be issued by a doctor that will confirm the death. If the person who has passed away is to be cremated, another doctor will need to separately certify the death and provide a second medical death certificate. If a doctor is unsure about how the person died, or the death is unexpected or suspicious, a coroner may be contacted so that a post-mortem can be carried out.

 

Step 2: Register the death

You can use the UK Government website to begin to register a death. You will need to do this within 5 days (or within 8 days for Scotland). In most cases you will need to be a relative of the deceased or someone with recognised authority over the proceedings. You can go to any register office but if you use the one in the area where the person has died you’ll be given the documents you’ll need on the day. If you use a different register office, the documents will be sent to the office in the area where the person has died before they are issued to you.

 

Take the following documents of the deceased:

  • birth certificate
  • marriage or civil partnership certificate
  • NHS medical card

 

The registrar will need to know:

  • the person’s full name
  • maiden name (if applicable)
  • their date of birth
  • their place of birth
  • their last address
  • their occupation
  • the full name, date of birth and occupation of their spouse
  • if they were receiving a state pension or benefits

 

To let banks and building know about the death of a loved one, a new Death Notification Service has been launched to take the strain off.

 

Step 3: Contact your chosen funeral provider

The funeral can only take place after the death is registered.

 

Opting for a Simplicity Cremation will mean you do not have to engage the services of a Funeral Director or visit a branch. The process can be started with one simple phone call to our team of funeral professionals.

 

Why choose Simplicity Cremations?

Not everyone wants a traditional funeral, and many do not see the value in some of the more ceremonial aspects.

 

At Simplicity, we offer you an alternative choice with a range of funerals to suit your needs and budget.

 

To arrange a low cost funeral call our team on 0800 484 0512.