What to do when death happens

The death of a loved one is something we are never truly prepared for, and the bereavement process is an emotionally exhausting experience. Being expected to handle the numerous logistical arrangements following a death can feel impossible and unfair. But there are some essential things that must be done before you can arrange a fitting memorial service for the deceased.

Registering a death

If a death occurs at home, you will need to contact a doctor — the GP of the deceased — so they can come and issue a Medical Certificate of Cause of Death. If the death occurs in a hospital, or under residential care, a doctor will be called by the attending nurses. A death must be registered within 5 days. You can find out more about how to register a death on the Kent County Council website — or contact us for help and advice.

Contact the coroner

If a doctor is unable to issue a Medical Certificate of Cause of Death, a coroner will need to be involved so they can attend the death and determine a cause. The way in which a death is registered will change when a coroner becomes involved — which is detailed here — so this is something you should be aware of.

Making funeral arrangements

Once the death has been registered, you can contact your funeral director to begin making the necessary funeral arrangements. You can contact Birds Family Funeral Directors over the phone, by email or by filling out a contact form on our website — our compassionate team will be here to support you at every stage.

With the guidance of our experienced team, you can plan a fitting tribute for your loved one, with a funeral service which is truly special.

If you would like some specific advice on the steps to take following the death of a loved one, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us. As a family-run funeral directors working within the Coxheath and Maidstone communities, we are dedicated to providing the highest level of support during this difficult time.

Call us today on 01622 692 949