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.