When death occurs at home

In cases such as this, it is advisable to contact the deceased's doctor in order that he or she may certify the death. If the death has occurred outside the surgery hours of the deceased's doctor availability, it is usual for another to attend.

Once the doctor has attended, the deceased can be taken into our care.

Later that day, or the following day the doctor will issue a medical certificate stating the cause of death. This is usually made available for collection from the doctors surgery. The medical certificate is required in order that the death can be registered.

If the doctor attending the deceased is unable to ascertain the cause of death, or the deceased has not had cause to visit the doctor within the previous 14 days, the doctor may, in some cases, refer the death to the local coroner.

If this situation occurs the doctor may contact the funeral director contracted to the Coroner, which in some areas may not be J.J. Burgess & Sons, and will arrange the deceased to be taken to the local hospital.

However, should you not wish for this to happen, we will be happy to take care of the deceased prior to being transferred to the hospital.

If a death occurs then please feel free to contact us at any time, 24 hours a day, 365 days per year. Call your local branch during office hours and use our FREEPHONE number out of hours - 0800 17 42 20.

Hatfield (head office)

Tel: 01707 262122

Knebworth & Codicote branches

Tel: 01438 815656

St Albans branch

Tel: 01727 899066

Welwyn Garden City branch

Tel: 01707 391808

 

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