When someone dies

When Someone Dies – Initial Steps

Unfortunately, most of us will be confronted with the task of arranging the funeral of a loved one, which, in the midst of grief, can be a daunting ordeal.

At Home

Contact the deceased’s doctor (or out of hours doctor) who, in normal circumstances, will issue the Medical Certificate of Death or if after hours confirm death until the deceaseds own G.P. can issue the Cetificate You should then contact Stephen McCosh Funeral Directors for further assistance.

At Hospital

A member of staff will help you with the procedures and let you know if the hospital doctor is issuing the Medical Certificate of Death or if the Coroner is to be involved. You should then contact Stephen McCosh Funeral Directors for further assistance.

At Nursing Home

A member of staff will normally liaise with the doctor who will issue the Medical Certificate of Death. You should then contact Stephen McCosh Funeral Directors for further assistance.

Burial or Cremation

If the deceased has not left instructions expressing their preference, you must decide between burial or cremation.

If cremation is chosen please advise the doctor as soon as possible so the relevant documentation can be prepared. It would also be useful to inform us of those wishes.