When you suffer a bereavement, a funeral for a member of your family is the most difficult day of your life. Everything your family and friends thought about a loved one is expressed on that day. When someone dies it comes as a great shock. Sometimes the death may be expected, but nothing prepares you for the emotional shock of losing someone close.
As your funeral directors, we are here to help and advise you in whatever way we can. We are dedicated professionals who provide a personal service to you 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. It is a rare privilege to be a funeral director, to stand in a sensitive position at a crucial time in the midst of your family, knowing that the quality of our service and reputation will help you through this difficult time in your lives.
Once in our Professional Care we can advise you on:
As soon as possible, inform the doctor that the death has occurred. He/She may write out the Medical Certificate of Death when he/she visits the house, or may request you attend the surgery for this purpose.
When death happens in hospital, the procedure is very similar. Apply to the hospital for the Medical Certificate of Death and not your family doctor.
In cases where the death has been reported to the Coroner, the procedure is somewhat different. The Coroner and his officers are working in your interest. When a doctor cannot give a cause of death and issue a Medical certificate of Death, the death must be reported to a Coroner who will establish the cause of death. The Coroner will then send the relevant document to the registrar's office in the district where the death occurred, for the Death Certificate to be issued.