Five steps to take after the death of a loved one

One of the topmost causes of distress following a death is not knowing what we should be doing.

So, before you can even think about the funeral…

STEP 1: Take 10 deep breaths and believe that you will be supported through this difficult time.

STEP 2: As the Next of Kin, you will be issued with the Medical Certificate of Cause of Death (MCCD) by a a doctor (GP or hospital) who has seen the patient alive in the last 14 days. This will be in a sealed envelope and must be handed to the Registrar.

STEP 3: You have five days to register the death. Make an appointment with your local Registry Office. They will issue you the Death Certificate and Green Form. If the death of your loved one has been referred to the coroner, you can only register the death when the coroner gives permission. However, the funeral can still go ahead before this arrives.

STEP 4: Inform your community: family, friends and spiritual leader. We know it can be a difficult process but it can also be healing. Friends and family can be a great source of emotional and practical comfort.

STEP 5: Appoint a funeral director who will reflect the life, values and character of your loved one. For legal purposes, the funeral director will need the Death Certificate and Green Form.

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