When someone dies at home or in a nursing home the first contact should be the person's doctor who will normally call at the place of death and if satisfied with the cause of death will issue a Medical Certificate of cause of death.
You may be asked to call to collect this from the surgery. After the doctor has attended you should contact your Funeral Director to inform them accordingly.
If a death occurs in hospital you will be seen by either the nursing staff or in some cases a Bereavement Officer. They will have arranged for a doctor to issue a Medical Certificate of Cause of Death. You should if known at this time, tell the hospital if cremation is to be the type of funeral required. This will allow additional documentation to be completed. You should then contact your Funeral Director to inform them accordingly.
In some case the death may be reported to the coroner. There are a number of reasons why this might happen, and this should not be a case for concern. In some circumstances the documentation and procedure are somewhat different. Please remember that the coroner and his officers are working in your interest. Contact your Funeral Director as soon as possible who will able to advise you on any matter relating to the work of the coroner.
For the recently bereaved...
If a loved one has passed away in sudden or unexpected circumstances, and if a post-mortem is required, our team is on hand to support you in deciding whether a Digital Autopsy may be your preferred choice. If you decide to request a Digital Autopsy as an alternative to the traditional method, you must seek agreement from your local Coroner's office.
To register your preference for Digital Autopsy in advance...
Talk to your family and friends about Digital Autopsy and make sure that people are aware of your wishes, and share your wishes on Facebook and Twitter to spread the word even further. You may also register your email address below toshow your support for the everybody campaign, and receive the latest updates straight from Digital Autopsy.
For information and support please speak with the Coroner’s officer, or contact your local iGene Digital Autopsy Facility direct.