If a death is
It's very important that with an expected death the person who has died has seen a doctor within 14 days, otherwise the Coroner automatically becomes involved. If the person HASN'T seen a doctor then you need to treat the death as unexpected - please scroll down to the bottom of the page for how to proceed
If the death was at home, was expected and the person who has died has seen a Doctor within 14 days then firstly:
PAUSE - take time in the moment, be in the stillness that death brings. Say your prayers, your blessings, snuggle up with your relative you wish, this time is for you. Don't jump to the phone, just stop and be present with what is, how you are feeling.
CALL GP - When you are ready call the doctor who has been supporting the person who has died. They will need to come and verify the death.
WASHING BODY - After the GP has verified the death, you may like to spend time washing and dressing the person who has died. This is something I can support you to do should you like. Please see Ceremonial Care of Body for further details. Do NOT remove any restricted medication patches/syringe drivers, the district nurse can do this safely for you.
FUNERAL DIRECTOR - If you are going to use a funeral director then it would be advisable to contact your funeral director and let them know of the death. It can take a few hours for the funeral director to get to you. Call Holly on 07981 265 352
REST - It's important that you care for yourself after the death. You probably will have been lacking sleep and nourishment and it's important that you gain your strength, surround yourself with people who love you and ask them for help.
REGISTERING DEATH - You will have to collect the medical death certificate from the GP and take it to the local Registrar of Births and Deaths to register the death within 5 days of the death. Please see: www.gov.uk/register-a-death on how to do this and what you will need to take with you.
What to do if the death was EXPECTED
& the person who has died
HAS seen a doctor within 14 days
If a death is
If the death is UNEXPECTED
call 999 and ask for the police
If the death was completely unexpected then you must NOT touch anything and call 999 immediately and ask for the police then follow their instructions.
DO NOT TOUCH ANYTHING AND AWAIT FURTHER INSTRUCTIONS FROM THE POLICE
If the death was expected but the person who has died hasn't seen a doctor with 14 days then you should immediately call the doctor who has been caring for the person, they will then have to refer the case to the coroner.
DO NOT TOUCH ANYTHING AND AWAIT FURTHER INSTRUCTIONS FROM EITHER DOCTOR OR CORONER