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When someone dies at home

What to do in the event of a death at home

When someone dies at home

What to do in the event of a death at home


If you have not already done so, then we recommend that you read our 'step by step' guide on what to do in the event of a death.


What to do when someone dies at home

An expected death ~ during the day

When someone passes away at home during the daytime and their death was expected, for example they were receiving palitative care for a terminal illness, then you should telephone the GP Surgery at which they are registered. If for any reason this is not possible then you should call the NHS 111 service and request a medical practitioner to certify death. 

An expected death ~ during the night

When someone passes away at home during the night and their death was expected, for example they were receiving palitative care for a terminal illness, then you should telephone the NHS 111 service and request a medical practitioner to certify death. GP surgeries no longer as a rule provide an 'out of hours' service.

An unexpected death

In the event that you unexpectedly find someone at home then you should immediately contact 999 and request an ambulance.

 

In these circumstances the Police or Ambulance service should arrange for the collection of your loved one who will then be taken into the Coroner's care by the Coroner's appointed Funeral Director. Once the Coroner has completed their investigations then the Little Funeral Company will be able to bring your loved one back into our care.