What To Do When Someone Dies

At Home

  • If you are uncertain whether someone is dead, call the police or dial 999 and ask for an ambulance.
  • If death was expected and the deceased was in the care of a doctor, it would be reasonable to wait until morning rather than telephone in the night hours. If it is necessary for the deceased to be moved during the night, then a doctor must be called first, before asking the funeral director to effect removal of the deceased.

Death In Hospital

  • The next of kin will be advised of the death by nursing staff.
  • Arrangements can be made with the hospital’s administrative staff for relatives to collect the deceased’s personal possessions and deal with formalities.

Death In A Residential Care Home

  • The Residential Home will contact the GP, who will certify death.
  • The Residential Home will contact the next of kin.
  • The Residential home will call the Funeral Director.
  • The Funeral Director will transfer the deceased from the Residential Home to their premises.

Unexpected Death

  • If the circumstances of the death seem sudden, unexplained or unexpected or if it is the result of violence or accident, the police must be advised.
  • The coroner must be notified in such cases and this is usually done by the doctor or police.
  • Often in the event of an accident away from home the police are called to the scene and then advise relatives.

Register A Death

  • Take the doctors certificate to the registrar’s office as soon as possible (an appointment will be needed).
  • The registrar will exchange this for a certificate of burial or cremation which must be handed to your funeral director ('green form').
The Chapel Of Rest

The Chapel Of Rest

The Hearse

Graham with The Hearse

Useful Numbers

Bassetlaw Hospital
01909 500990

Retford Registrar
01777 708631

Bassetlaw Bereavement Care
01909 502779

Funeral Benefits Help (Retford)
01777 263600