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What to do when someone dies at home...

When someone dies at home, their GP should be called as soon as possible. The GP will normally visit the house and, if the death was expected, should be able to issue a certificate giving the cause of death. If the person did not have a GP or you do not know the name of the GP, an ambulance should be called instead.

A doctor is not allowed to issue a certificate if they are unsure about the cause of death. When this happens the death must be reported to a coroner and the body will be taken to a hospital mortuary, where a post mortem may need to take place.

Registering the death

The registration of the death is the formal record of the death. It is done by the Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages. When someone dies at home, the death should be registered at the register office for the district where they lived.
A death should be registered within five days but registration can be delayed for another nine days if the registrar is told that a medical certificate has been issued. If the death has been reported to the coroner you cannot register it until the coroner's investigations are finished. It is a criminal offence not to register a death.

The death should be registered by one of the following (in order of priority):­
a relative who was present at the death, a relative present during the persons last illness, a relative living in the district where the death took place, anyone else present at the death, an owner or occupier of the building where the death took place and who was aware of the death, the person arranging the funeral (but not the funeral director). You cannot delegate responsibility for registering the death to anyone else.

A Death Certificate will then be issued which will be needed to deal with money or property left by the person who has died.

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