What to do when a Friend or Family Member Passes Away
Where did the death occur?
- When death occurs at a hospital, hospice or rest-home, the nursing staff will arrange for a doctor to visit and certify death. Once the certification has happened, then we can start making plans for your loved one.
- If the death has occurred at home, you will need to call a doctor to certify death. If you have any difficulties, please phone us on 07 543 4780 and we will arrange this for you.
What does a Coroner do, and do I need to involve one?
The Coroner is a legal officer appointed under the Coroners Act who has the duty to establish the cause of death in certain circumstances. The Coroner and the police may become involved when:
- A doctor is unavailable or unable to establish the cause of death
- There is a sudden unexpected death
- Death occurs from other than natural causes
- There is an accidental death
- There has been no recent consultation with a medical practitioner.
In these cases it is important that the deceased is not moved or disturbed in any way without the permission of the Coroner.
Please phone us as soon as you wish for any assistance in this regard, and remember that it is the family’s right to choose their own funeral director once the Coroner’s duties are completed. You are not obliged to use the funeral services of the funeral firm engaged by the police to take the deceased to the hospital.
A referral to a grief counsellor is part of our service, if required. A grief counsellor can provide support and assistance after the funeral service.
Such arrangements, in a time of such emotion, require the compassion and discipline of a professional funeral director. At Legacy Funerals, we are proud to offer such a service.