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 if the person who died suffered from a terminal illness, then the doctor of the person who has died should be called. In most cases where the death is expected, the doctor will be able to provide a medical certificate noting the cause of death.
What do you do when someone dies at home and you expect it?
When someone dies at home and it is expected, you should call their doctor or the family doctor. In most cases they will provide a medical certificate confirming the cause of death immediately.
Once you have a death certificate and feel ready to move onto the next step, you should contact a funeral director who will be able to help you with everything else you need to do.
If you choose to have the person who has died laid out at home our guide on how to lay someone out will help. If you would like your funeral director to take care of the person until you are ready to arrange and hold a funeral, that’s up to you.