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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.

This section also applies 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.

The paramedics attending the scene will contact the police. The police will attend and take statements, where appropriate, and 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.

The paramedics attending the scene will contact the police. The police will attend and take statements, where appropriate, and 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.