If Someone Dies At Home
If someone dies at home, you need to call your family GP immediately. It might also be a good idea to call a relative or close friend to support you. If the death was expected, the doctor will give you a medical certificate showing the cause of death and they’ll also give you a formal notice saying they’ve signed the medical certificate. They should also explain how to register the death. If the person wishes to be cremated, you’ll need a second certificate signed by different doctor which may be charged for. When someone dies at home, the death should be registered at the register office in the district where they lived.
If the death was unexpected, the doctor is not allowed to issue a certificate if they don’t know the cause of death, so they will then notify the Coroner. The body will then be taken to a hospital mortuary, where a post mortem may need to take place.
If the person did not have a GP or you do not know the name of the GP, you should call an ambulance instead. The body will then be taken to a hospital mortuary, where a post mortem may need to take place.