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J G Fielder & Son

48-50 Clarence Street

York

YO31 7EW (View Map)

Tel: 01904 654460

Fax: 01904 637413

Email: enquiries@jgfielderandson.co.uk

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A Sudden Death

Nothing prepares you for the emotional shock of losing a loved one, especially when you may have found them in unfortunate circumstances.

 

The first thing to remember is that we are here to help, if at any time you are unsure what to do, or if you feel your circumstances differ from the below, please contact us. You do not need to have registered the death to ask us for advice or start discussing funeral arrangements.

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A sudden death has occurred at a hospital.

This section will also apply to patients who died during an operation, or who did not come out of anaesthetic.

 

Most hospitals have their own Mortuary, and so immediate removal of the deceased is not required, if this is not the case, the hospital will inform us of the death and we will make arrangements to move the deceased to a Mortuary under the Coroner's jurisdiction.

 

The hospital will make contact with the Coroner.

 

In this situation a post-mortem will usually be needed to determine the cause of death. The Coroner's Officers will contact you to discuss how they will proceed. 

 

A sudden death occurred at a care home.

The paramedics attending the scene will contact the police.

 

The police will attend and take statements, once appropriate, they will ask if you have a chosen Funeral Director, if so, they will contact them to arrange for the deceased to moved to a Mortuary under the Coroner's jurisdiction. If you have not chosen a Funeral Director, the police will contact the duty Funeral Director. Please remember that you are not obligated to use the duty Funeral Director for funeral arrangements.

 

The Coroner's Officer will speak to all those involved, including the GP and then contact you to discuss how they will proceed.

 

A sudden death occurs anywhere else, including at home.

The paramedics attending the scene will contact the police.

 

The police will attend and take statements, once appropriate, they will ask if you have a chosen Funeral Director, if so, they will contact them to arrange for the deceased to moved to a Mortuary under the Coroner's jurisdiction. If you have not chosen a Funeral Director, the police will contact the duty Funeral Director. Please remember that you are not obligated to use the duty Funeral Director for funeral arrangements.

 

The Coroner's Officer will speak to all those involved, including the GP and then contact you to discuss how they will proceed.

 

When do I register the death?

If the coroner's officers decide a post-mortem is not required and they ask the the doctor to issue the Cause of Death Certificate, please see An Expected Death.

If a post-mortem takes place and a satisfactory cause of death is found, the coroner's officers will send the relevant information to the registrar, they will tell you when you can register the death. Find your local Registry Office. There will be no certificate to collect from the doctor.

 

  • If the deceased is to be cremated, the coroner will issue a form directly to the funeral director that allows the funeral to take place.

  • If the deceased is to be buried, the registrar will issue a green certificate that allows the funeral to take place.

 

If no cause of death is found, if the death is possibly violent or unnatural, or occured in police custody, an inquest must take place.

 

An inquest is a court hearing to determine how a person died, and usually takes between 3 and 6 months. You will not need to register the death, the coroner will simply tell the registrar what to enter in their register. The coroner will issue an interim death certificate to allow you to begin to settle the estate of the deceased. A full death certificate can be issued once the inquest is concluded. You will need to contact the Registry Office to optain this.

 

  • For either burial or cremation, the coroner will issue a form directly to the funeral director that allows the funeral to take place.