Dying at Home


When someone dies at home then it is usual to call the Doctor (GP) who has been caring for the individual to come out to confirm that they are happy to issue the Medical Certificate of Cause of Death. If someone dies outside of normal working hours then it may be an out-of-hours Doctor who attends.

In some cases, another healthcare professional may attend instead (like a Palliative Care or District nurse) and the Doctor may not come at all. This is more common when someone has been receiving end-of-life care at home and their death has been expected.

In order to register the death, you will need the Medical Certificate of Cause of Death, which the GP should make available for collection from the GP surgery within a few days of the individual having died.


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When someone dies at home, some friends and family would prefer for their loved one to move to the Funeral Service relatively quickly, whereas others would like to spend some time together at home. Indeed, some families choose to have their loved one at home until the day that the funeral takes place. We would suggest that, regardless of your preferences, you contact us soon after death so that we can discuss the best way to offer you support to put your preferences into practice.

When you contact us to inform us that someone has died then we will ask you whether the Doctor (or another professional) has been and if not, when you are expecting someone to come. If you wish, we can then arrange to come and collect the person to bring into our care in a way, and at a time that is best for you.


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