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What Happens When Someone Dies

If a loved one has sadly passed away at home, the first contact should be with the deceased’s doctor who, if satisfied, will issue the medical certificate of death. Sometimes you will be asked to collect this from the surgery.

If the doctor is uncertain as to the cause of death, they will refer the death to the coroner. If you are uncertain whether someone is dead, you should call the doctor, or dial 999 and ask for an ambulance. 

What happens when someone dies in hospital or in a nursing home

If your loved one is residing in a care home, and family are not present when passing occurs, the nursing staff will contact you. They will arrange for a doctor to issue the medical certificate of death and a release form, which needs to be signed by the next of kin, releasing the deceased into the care of the funeral director. 

If the funeral is to be a cremation, please inform the hospital staff. When all necessary paperwork has been completed, the funeral director will collect the deceased and take them into their care.

If a death occurs in a nursing home, the nursing staff will contact you and they will make the arrangements with a doctor. They will then contact the funeral director on your behalf to arrange to collect the deceased and take them into their care. 

What happens when someone dies unexpectedly

When a death is sadly unexpected, it is normal for the coroner to be involved. The main duties of the Coroner are to investigate all sudden and unexpected deaths. Once a death has been reported to the coroner the facts surrounding the death will be investigated. This may include a post-mortem examination to establish the cause of death.

What happens when someone dies away from home or abroad

If someone passes away abroad, you may have concerns over returning them to the UK, or how to gain the death certificates. When someone dies away from home, the formalities will be completed by a doctor or hospital staff in that area. Arrangements can be made by a funeral director to bring the deceased home.

Please do not hesitate to contact us to discuss your options and the different services that we offer. Whatever your requirements are, we can help and arrange it for you.

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What Happens When Someone Dies

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We understand at this difficult time you need someone to guide you through it all. We’re on hand to help after someone you love dies.

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A Few Kind Words...

“I would like to say a big thank you for everything. I had nothing to worry about, it all went so smoothly from the day of his death to the end of the funeral and in the circumstances could not have been better. Thank you so much.

I don’t have a great deal of experience in these matters, but compared to the other funeral directors I had to deal with, Greenwoods are the tops and you personally were a pleasure to deal with, you hit absolutely the right note.”

Ann Bishop

“Dear Jo,

Thanks so much for all you did leading up to the funeral. None of us could have got through it without your support.

Many thanks for everything you did for us, for all your help and for making a very sad day so easy. Your support has been amazing.

A huge thank you. Your dedication made saying farewell to Mum all the more bearable.”

Sue, Vicki, Clare & Richard

“Would you please pass on our thanks to the young lady who conducted the burial of Joyce Ashby last week. She was so kind to Jean my very elderly cousin especially on the ride back in the Limo taking us through Richmond Park and chatting all the way. We then went on to have a family picnic in Jean’s garden in the sunshine a lovely way to remember Joyce and the perfect day for Jean. Very many thanks from all of us in North Wales.”

Sheila, Keith & Rhoada Ashby

“We would like to thank you for a friendly and professional service and especially Adam who made a good job of the service, and a big thanks to Jane who was a great help and showed much kindness. We would recommend your company.”

Chris & Mike Whalen

“Thank you so much for the care, support, compassion and understanding you showed with helping Chris and us to plan his funeral. You made a very difficult time for us more bearable for which we are very grateful. Thank you also for enabling all Chris’s plans to come to fruition. His ‘send-off’ was exactly what he wanted. Malcolm did a brilliant job too. Thank you, Jane, With love and sincere, thank you.”

Kathy, Samantha, Rosie and all the Sayer Family

“You make an extremely difficult time easier. Dad’s service was very fitting and I was so pleased to see him dressed in his uniform and hold his had one last time, Jess you did a lovely job. Thank you so so much.”

Clare

“I just wanted to drop you a line to say a massive thank you for everything you have done over the last two weeks. When I walked into Alan Greenwood’s on the 5th November I didn’t know where or how I was going to organise my lovely Mum’s funeral and the thought of it horrified me, you made a daunting job so much easier and were there to guide me all the way until the day of the funeral.”

I can’t thank you enough for your kind words, thoughts and help during this very difficult time. Losing someone as precious as mum is very hard but you helped so much. Thank you for everything you have done for mum, myself and my family.”

Sue, Mundy, Luke and Faye

“Dear Beth,

Just a short note from all of us to say “Thank You” for all the effort that you applied to ensure that Sarah’s funeral passed so seamlessly.

If it can be described as a “Great Day” (which I know will sound odd) I mean it purely in terms of the balance between sadness and celebration was met – that also the weather was perfect, the co-ordination between service and committal was excellent, the flowers so beautiful and everyone played their part so well. It was largely down to you that it did work so well.

So a “Big Thank You”

Barry, Jemma, Matthew, Josie and William

“Lynn, Bruce and I thank you so much for the wonderful understanding and help you have given us over the past days.It has been a difficult time but made so much easier by your guidance. With your kindness, we feel we managed to say our goodbyes to ‘Roger’, ‘Dad’ and ‘Grandy’ – showing our love and thanks to him for looking after us so perfectly over the years.”

Pat Clark

“We just wanted to say a huge thank you for everything you did for us. You certainly made a very emotional and difficult time so much easier to bear. We are so grateful for the support you gave us and your gentle guidance along the way. Everything was perfect thanks to you and we would highly recommend you to all. With very best wishes.”

Family of Stanley Stearman

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