What to do when someone dies: If you are unsure who to contact when a death occurs, you can call a funeral director from Reynolds Funeral Service immediately, to help and advise you. We are on duty both day and night 24 hours per day, 365 days a year.
If the death occurs in hospital: The ward sister will contact the next of kin and make arrangements for the doctor to sign the Medical Certificate stating the cause of death.
If the death occurs at home: The first person to contact is the deceased’s doctor, and when the doctor has attended you may then call the funeral director.
If the death is unexpected: If the doctor in attendance cannot state the cause of death, he will inform the Coroner, who will arrange to examine the deceased. The coroner will forward a Death Certificate to the Registrar of Births, Deaths, and Marriages to enable you to register.
Registering a Death: A death must be registered by law. It is usual to do this in the district where the death occurred. A doctor will provide a Medical Certificate and this should be taken to the Registrar with whom an appointment should be made to register the death.