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A doctor must certify the cause of death.
There are two essential steps to take immediately after someone dies. Firstly, a doctor must issue a certificate stating the cause of death; Secondly, The death must be registered with your local Registrar, who will issue a death certificate.
This page tells you about the first stage, getting the Medical Certificate of Cause of Death. Use the links on the left to find out how to register the death.
When someone dies at home
Contact the deceaseds GP. They will visit and confirm that the patient has passed away and issue a Medical Certificate of Cause of Death. You should then contact A & J Morriss & Sons – see contact page to make arrangements for the removal of the deceased to their Chapel of Rest.
The staff will arrange for a doctor to visit. Once he or she has confirmed the death – the matron or duty nurse will generally contact the funeral director you have chosen.
When someone dies in hospital
Generally, the doctor attending the deceased will issue a Medical Certificate of Cause of Death. The Hospital Administrator will advise you where and when the certificate will be made available for collection. You will need to speak to the Patients Affairs Office – they will issue various documents enabling you to proceed with contacting a funeral director.
When is a death reported to the coroner?
In some circumstances the death must be reported to the coroner. This happens when:
What the coroner can do
The coroner can take one of three actions:
no further action – the doctor will then issue the Medical Cause of Death Certificate and issue a form (Part A) direct to the register office.
conduct a post mortem to establish the cause of death – once this is completed you can register the death with a form (Part B) sent direct to the register office.
hold an inquest – on completion of the inquest the coroner will register the death and pass all necessary paperwork directly to the funeral director. The death certificate issued by the registrar will not be available until the inquest has been held.
At A&J Morris, we recognise that amid this pandemic, we all have fears and concerns for the safety of our families and loved ones. Unfortunately, death and grief do not pause during a crisis. For over 30 years, A&J Morris has been taking care of members of this community and we stand ready to help you now. We will remain open and our experienced, caring staff will continue assisting families during this critical time.
We are taking precautions to create a safe environment for you to honour those you have lost. In accordance with Government and WHO guidelines, the following best practices have been instituted:
We are available 24/7 to answer any questions and concerns you may have and will continue to monitor Government, NHS and WHO. Guidance is also considered from the National Association of Funeral Directors Association.
Most of all, remember that during times of uncertainty it is important to rely upon one another and to come together as a community. A&J Morris is honored to be a part of the Croydon community and we will do all we can to be here for you throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.