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WHEN DEATH OCCURS AT HOSPITAL

The following steps should be taken as soon as possible after the doctor, social worker or other member of the medical staff has explained that the deceased has passed away by 'natural cause'.

First – call the funeral director

Once the attending doctor or medical staff at hospital satisfies the legalities regarding cause of death and identity of deceased, a medical certificate, Cause of Death Certificate, will be issued to you. The funeral director will meet with you and arrange for the deceased to be transported to the funeral home. See section below for procedure when medical staff are unable to immediately issue a death certificate.

Second – decide funeral details

You will need to decide, at this stage, whether burial or cremation is required. If burial is requested the funeral can be carried out within 48 hours after receipt of certificate. If cremation, the doctor will issue an Attending Practitioner’s Certificate. The funeral director will help you complete the two remaining forms required by law.

  1. Registration of death is required by the Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages. Basic particulars need to be recorded on a form the funeral director will provide and help fill out.
  2. If cremation is to take place, the funeral director will help you complete an Application for Cremation. The funeral director will process all forms and documentation on your behalf.

Third – consider your requirements for the funeral

You will need to discuss with the funeral director various arrangements concerning: Newspaper notices; Type of casket; Cemetery or crematorium; Clergy; Floral tributes; Cars; etc. To help you decide on what arrangements you want, a list of services is described on the Our Services and Extra Services pages.

Fourth – consider your requirements for the funeral

You will need to discuss with the funeral director various arrangements concerning: Newspaper notices; Type of casket; Cemetery or crematorium; Clergy; Floral tributes; Cars; etc. To help you decide on what arrangements you want, a list of services is described on the Our Services and Extra Services pages.

Fourth – set the time of the funeral

Again, details can be discussed with the funeral director regarding the time of the funeral, viewings and services (as required). The exact time depends on cemetery or crematorium availability, but under normal conditions, the funeral can be scheduled within 48 hours.

When the doctor is unable to issue a death certificate

Under certain circumstances the attending doctor may not issue a death certificate. The doctor may not have known or attended the deceased within the past 3 months or the exact cause of death may need to be reviewed. In this case, certification becomes a Coroner's matter.