Helping You In Your Time Of Need

With a century of experience, Pearson Funeral Service has an excellent and trusted reputation in the communities we serve. With our long history in the funeral world, Pearson Funeral Service is dedicated to offering the highest standard of care and professionalism for our local communities. Wherever you are, we are always here to help, 24 hours a day 365 days a year.

What To Do When Someone Dies

With 100 Years of experience, here at Pearson’s we understand how difficult it can be when someone dies, especially if you’re arranging the funeral. Our family is committed to providing the highest standard of service and will take care of everything for you from the first call.

Many people ask us what they should do when someone has passed away. Below is a brief guide which tells you what to do in different circumstances.

When a death happens at home or in a nursing home

Inform the doctor
As soon as possible inform the doctor that death has occurred. He/she may write out the Medical Certificate of Death when they visits the house, or may request you attend the surgery for this purpose.

When death occurs in hospital
When death happens in hospital the procedure is very similar. Apply to the hospital for the Medical Certificate of Death and not your family doctor.

The Coroner

In cases where the death has been reported to the Coroner the procedure is somewhat different. The Coroner and his officers are working in your interest. No doctor will issue a Medical Certificate of Death. This will be sent by the Coroner to the Registrar’s Office in the district where the death occurred, after contact has been made with the Coroner’s office.

Digital Autopsy

Digital autopsy eliminates the need for a traditional post mortem. This is a non invasive body scan taken to determine the cause of death. On the rare occasion when the cause of death can not be determined, a traditional post mortem would then take place.

Support For The Bereaved At Christmas

As Christmas approaches, many people struggle over the festive period to cope with the loss of a loved one. This could be either because of a recent bereavement or a reminder of losing someone at this time of year.

At Pearson’s, we provide free bereavement care for everyone we look after. Should you require any support please get in touch with our bereavement providers Saif Care where a member of their team will be happy to listen to your experiences, answer any questions you may have about bereavement or bereavement support and share information about services and other organisations that you may find helpful.

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Worldwide Repatriation

At Pearson Funeral Service along with traditional funerals we also specialise in repatriation to and from the United Kingdom. This can seem like a daunting process, which can be made easier in just one simple phone call to our selves.

We take care of everything including all documentation, leasing with funeral directors abroad and all airlines whilst guiding you through this difficult time.

Is your Funeral Director Licenced

People are always surprised to hear that not all Funeral Directors are qualified, nor do they have a license to practice. There is no legislation in place at the moment, although those of us who are qualified are always pushing to get the government to put something in place to change this.

You wouldn’t choose to have an operation by a doctor who was not qualified, yet many families leave their loved ones in the care of an unqualified Funeral Director, as they wrongly think that all Funeral Directors must be qualified.

The British Institute of Funeral Directors (BIFD) is an educational institute offering the highest qualification a Funeral Director can achieve. Once qualified with ongoing education, an annual licence to practice can be obtained.

When choosing a Funeral Director look out for the BIFD LOGO (pictured above) so that you can be safe in the knowledge that your loved one is in the best possible care.