What To Do When Someone Dies

When a loved one passes away, this can be a very upsetting and emotional event, though it is essential that you know what to do when the situation arises. The necessary steps need to be taken, carefully and professionally. Our funeral directors at A White & Sons Ltd are there for you every step of the way and can provide you with advice and help on what to do when someone dies whenever you need it. We understand that the pain of losing a loved one can be difficult to put into words, though we aim to make the process easier in any way that we can. To make any additional enquiries, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

The First Thing You Should Do

One of the first steps you should take when someone passes away is informing the local authorities. These steps will vary, depending on where the death took place. If your loved one passed away in a hospital, the staff will help you to acquire a death certificate to authorise cremation or burial. You will need to let us know about this and we can bring the deceased into our care until the day of the funeral arrives.

If your loved one passes away in a residential premises or nursing home, a doctor will need to visit and issue a death certificate. Once the certificate has been acquired, you will need to let us know about the death. Next, we can transport your loved one to our facilities where we will take care of them. If a coroner becomes involved, the necessary procedures may change and we can offer you guidance on this.

Registering a Death

You will need to go through the motions of registering a death with the nearby Registration Office in the district where the death took place, unless the circumstances of the death are mitigating. The death needs to be registered within 5 days of your loved one’s death. The registrar can issue a certificate to permit the cremation or burial of the deceased. You will need to provide us with this so that we can ensure that all necessary arrangements can be made.

Proceeding With Arranging a Funeral

Following the essential, initial steps, we can proceed with arranging a funeral. We can discuss our prices and plans with you in our first meeting, as well as provide any general information and assistance whenever you need it.

Call A White & Sons Ltd

We know how upsetting the grieving process can be, which is why we have compiled this guide on what to do when someone dies, to support you. Please do not hesitate to give us a call to make any additional enquiries.