What To Do When Someone Dies
OUR FUNERAL DIRECTORS ARE HERE TO GUIDE YOU
Know what to do when someone dies. Don’t wait until the moment is upon you. If you follow certain steps and protocols, the transport and eventual memorial service process will be easier and less stressful.
When someone passes away, their doctor is generally one of the first people to be contacted. The doctor would sign a certificate that confirms the death.
The funeral director would normally provide this ’cause of death’ certificate to the Queensland Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages, which issues the official death certificate.
Funeral arrangements cannot proceed until the doctor signs and issues this certificate. If a doctor is not available to sign a death certificate, you would need to get the coroner to do so.
Once a death certificate has been signed, the deceased can be moved into the care of a funeral director. You would probably also wish to alert friends and family members who knew the departed. If your loved one has died in a hospital or nursing home, it will be a little different to the protocol that applies when the person has died at home.
Nursing homes would contact the family, who would then contact the funeral director. Funeral planning can then begin, providing no coroner investigation is needed.
Who Is Involved After A Death?
- Who should be involved with the planning?
- Is a cremation or burial preferred?
- Religious or non-religious ceremony?
- Will a viewing be required?
- Clothing for your loved one’s burial or cremation.
- Flowers to be displayed.
- Music to be played at appropriate moments.