What To Do When Someone Dies

It can be a confusing time when someone you love passes away, so much information to take in without much brain space to understand any of it.

When someone passes away at home and the death is expected, your first point of call will be the nurses that have been providing care in the time leading up to the death, or the doctors surgery that they were registered with. Once they have attended to verify the death, you will need to contact a funeral director to arrange for your loved one to be taken in to their care.

If the death is unexpected, you will need to call 999 and ask for an ambulance and police. The operator will talk you through what to do next and send the appropriate services to you. You can read more about what to do next below.

If someone passes away in a hospital, nursing home or hospice the care professionals will advise what will happen next. If you are left feeling uncertain contact your chosen funeral director, who will be able to help and answer any questions you have.

Registering A Death

When a death is expected, a doctor or consultant will issue "The Medical Cause Of Death Certificate", you will be unable to book an appointment with the registrar until you have this certificate. Where a death occurs at home or in a nursing home you will need to contact your local registry office. In York this is located at 56 Bootham, and can be contacted on 01904 654477.

If the death occured in York Hospital, you can book an appointment to register at their Bereavement Services Suite on 01904 725445

If the death occured in North Yorkshire County Council District, you will need to register with one of their offices. These are located in Malton, Selby, Harrogate, Richmond, Northallerton, Scarborough, Whitby or Skipton. An appointment can be made on 01609 780780.

At this appointment you will get a "death certificate" (A Certified Copy Of An Entry Of Death). This is what you will need for banks, insurances etc. These are currently £11.00 per copy in England, it is advised that you get a couple of extra copies at this appointment as they are more expensive when purchased at a later date.