Funeral Arrangement Guidelines
R.C. Smallbone Funeral Director’s funeral arrangement guidelines
The following guidelines may be of some use if you are unsure what steps to take when you experience a bereavement.
Death occurred at a hospital
If a death occurs in hospital, the doctor or coroner provides a medical certificate giving the cause of death. The next of kin is required to sign a release form which passes the deceased into the care of the funeral director. The funeral director at this point would commonly take the deceased to the chapel of rest.
Death occurred at home
When a death occurs at home, if expected for some time, it is common to call the doctor who will come and issue a cause of death. Unexpected deaths at home are referred to the coroner to issue a medical certificate with the cause of death.
The death must be registered within five days at the local registry office, and requires the medical certificate to be presented. Once the death is registered, you will be issued with a green certificate which allows the funeral director to carry out the burial or cremation.
The death certificate is provided by the registrar and is required to deal with the administration and financial issues of the bereaved including the will, property and money left by them.
You can rely on the funeral director to carry out roles including:
- Collection of the body of the deceased to the resting place, and transport to and from the funeral location in the desired method of transport.
- Working with the funeral venue to arrange all aspects of the funeral including floral tributes, transport for the close family members and friends of the deceased, catering and music.
- Provide and present the coffin of choice.
- Ensuring all the necessary payments and documents for the deceased are completed.
Visit our funeral services page to find out what R.C. Smallbone can do for you. Don’t hesitate to contact us to discuss funeral arrangements or find out more.