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A brief guide in considerations that need to be applied upon a bereavement

The Initial steps to take when someone dies

If someone has died and you need immediate assistance please call Bennetts Funeral Directors on 01277 210104.

When someone close to you dies, it can be difficult working out what to do next, and in what order – often at a time of great personal distress and when you feel least able to cope, this can be very overwhelming. Below is a brief guide, which is designed to make things a little easier, advising you on the initial steps you should take.

When someone dies in hospital

If the death occurs in hospital, the hospital staff will contact those named as next of kin. Hospital staff will arrange for the deceased’s belonging’s to be collected by a relative, and will care for the body in the hospital mortuary until arrangements have been made for it to be moved by the funeral director. A medical certificate will be issued to you by the doctor, along with a notice informing you how to register the death. You must register the death with the Registrar of Births Deaths and Marriages within 5 days of the death, unless it has been referred to the coroner. You can then begin arranging a funeral. Contact Bennetts Funeral Directors for further advise on these issues.

When someone dies at home or in a nursing home

When someone dies at home, the first person to be contacted, as soon as possible, should be their GP. If the death was expected the GP should be able to issue a certificate stating cause of death, allowing you to register the death. If death occurred in a nursing home, their staff should liaise with the doctor. When the doctor has been informed you are then able to contact us.

When someone dies unexpectedly

If death has occurred unexpectedly, your GP or the emergency services would first be called. And in turn, it would then be usual for the Coroner to be automatically involved, to determine cause of death. Following this, providing a formal inquest is not required, the Coroner will then issue the death certificate, the death can be registered, the body can be released and arranging a funeral can begin. Bennetts Funeral Directors can offer you further advise and liaise with the Coroner’s Office on your behalf.

When someone dies away from home or abroad

When death occurs in a public place the emergency services are almost always called to attend. Depending on the circumstances the body will usually then be taken into the care of the Coroner until the cause of death has been determined.

When a death occurs in another country, it is often difficult to know how to deal with the practical matters you may need to address, before you even consider arranging a funeral. It is important to follow that country’s registration process in order to obtain a death certificate. This, and organising repatriation, can be a complicated process.

In both of the above instances we would advise you to call Bennetts Funeral Directors on 01277 210104 or visit us at ‘Fern House’ 120 High Street, Brentwood, Essex CM14 4AS for further guidance.

When you contact us, we will arange a suitable time, day or night, to visit and discuss your requirements.

Bennetts Funeral Directors are here to help and guide you. We hope to make this difficult time as gentle as possible for you. For further information, help and advice in planning and arranging a funeral, contact Bennetts Funerals Directors by phone on 01277 210104 or visit us at ‘Fern House’ 120 High Street, Brentwood, Essex CM14 4AS.

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