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When Someone Dies in Hospital

What happens

When someone dies in hospital, the deceased will not be released into our care until the necessary paperwork is completed. Some hospitals have a chapel of rest. This is a peaceful place, away from the bustle of the hospital.

What you need to do

  • You’ll need a Medical Certificate of Death (death certificate) from the attending doctor. Bear in mind that this may take a while. Doctors work in shift patterns and you may need to wait for the same doctor to be back at work.
  • Remember to collect any of the personal items, belonging to the deceased, from their hospital stay.
  • Give us a call so we can talk you through the first steps towards arranging the funeral and bringing the deceased into our care.

What the hospital needs to know

The hospital will ask you:

  1. For our details (as the named funeral director).
  2. Whether the funeral will be burial or cremation

If you decide on a burial, the deceased will be released into our care as soon as the doctor has completed the cause of death certificate.

If you decide on cremation, there will be some extra paperwork that the hospital will need to complete before they will release the deceased into our care.

(Namely: Form 4: a Certificate of Medical Attendant, Form 5: Confirmatory Medical Certificate along with the cause of death certificate.)