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What to do if someone dies at home

What do you do when someone dies at home?

If someone dies at home unexpectedly, you should call 999 and ask for police and ambulance services immediately. If the death was expected, for example…

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What to do when someone dies

Medical Certificate of Cause of Death

If the death was expected it is usual to have a doctor certify the death and issue a Medical Certificate of Cause of Death. There are several locations in which an expected death may…

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What is a Direct Cremation?

What is a Direct Cremation?

A direct cremation is a cremation without any ceremony or attendance by moruners, but it is carried out with the same respect and dignity by our professional funeral staff as a traditional cremation. Because the…

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Why choose an Independent Funeral Director?

What are independent funeral directors?

Independent funeral directors are privately-owned businesses run by small teams, rather than those managed by a large corporate…

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How to register a death

When someone dies, one of the first practical things you need to do is to register the death. Once you have, you will be given the paperwork you will need to arrange the funeral, notify government departments and settle the estate. 

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What to do if someone dies abroad

If you are with your loved one when they die abroad, you should contact the nearest British Embassy, High Commission or Consulate. They will be able to…

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Next of Kin - What does it mean?

What does next of kin mean?

Next of kin generally refers to the person who has, or had, the closest relationship with a person who has died.

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What is the role of the coroner?

When someone’s death was unexpected, a coroner will investigate the death. A coroner’s hearing will also take place if someone took their own life, died from an industrial disease…

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A glossary of terms

If this is the first time you have experienced the death of a loved one, you may come across lots of funeral terminology that you have not heard before. Doctors, solicitors and funeral directors may use some of these words when…

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