What To Do When Recently Bereaved

Should the Death Occur at Home

Contact your doctor (or the doctor on call) who will come to your home to certify the death. On occasions, if the death was expected and a nurse is present, the doctor may well give authority to the nurse to confirm the death.

Once the doctor has attended or the nurse has certified, most families then prefer for their loved one to be conveyed to our chapels of rest as soon as possible. This can be arranged by telephoning us at any time day or night.

A Notification of Death Certificate will then be issued, usually from the surgery, on the next working day.

If the death was at home and unexpected, or the doctor has not been in attendance in the last 2 weeks, then the death may have to be referred to the coroner.

Further information see: How the Coroner’s Office works

Should the Death Occur at a Nursing or Residential Home

Most homes will have asked in advance who your appointed funeral director is and, in the event of the death, they will then ring us be it day or night, so we can then convey your loved one to our chapels of rest.

A Notification of Death Certificate will then be issued, usually from the surgery, on the next working day.

Should the Death Occur in a Hospital

You will need to contact the Bereavement Office in the hospital on the first working day following the death. Their staff will advise you when the Notification of Death Certificate will be available and will arrange an appointment for you to go and collect it from the Bereavement Office.

Once you have made an appointment with the Bereavement Office, you need to book an appointment at the Registrar's Office where the Registrar will require the Notification of Death Certificate.

We provide a 24 Hour Service. You may call us anytime:

Tel. 01945 700200

Peter Barnes Funerals
West View
38 Murrow Bank
Murrow
Wisbech
Cambs PE13 4HB

 

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