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If the Death Occurs Elsewhere

Expected Death - If the death was expected, contact the doctor who attended the deceased during their final illness. If the doctor can certify the cause of death he or she will give you the following:

a) a Medical Certificate that shows the cause of death (this is free of charge and will be in a sealed envelope addressed to the registrar).

b) a Formal Notice that states that the doctor has signed the Medical Certificate and tells you how to get the death registered.

You may wish to contact the deceased's minister of religion if you have not already done so. Arrangements for the funeral may be made by a funeral director.

If the death followed illness from HIV or AIDS there may be special rules about handling the body. The organisations FACTS Health Centre - Advice on HIV/Aids funerals and Terence Higgins Trust can advise on funeral arrangements;

Unexpected Death - If you discover a body or the death is sudden or unexpected, you should contact the following people:

the family doctor (if known).

the deceased's nearest relative,

the deceased's minister of religion,

the police, who will help find the people listed above if necessary.

If there is any reason to suspect that the death was not due to natural causes, do not touch or remove anything from the room. The death may be referred to the coroner. The doctor may ask the relatives for permission to carry out a post-mortem examination. This is a medical examination of the body which can find out more about the cause of the death and should not delay the funeral.

Updated: 2 Dec 2014
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