• When a death occurs

    The following information may help you

  • What to do when a death occurs

    If The Death Occurs at Home

    When death takes place at home there is usually relatives, friends or neighbour's to assist. Inform the doctor as soon as possible that the death has occurred. He/she may write out the medical certificate of death when he/she 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.

    Deaths reported to The Coroner

    In cases where the deceased has not been attended by his/her doctor within 14 days, or death occurs suddenly, then the death will be reported to the coroner for the area where the death took place.


    The coroner will have to establish the cause of death; this is normally done by a post mortem. The deceased will remain under the coroner's jurisdiction until the cause of death has been established and only then will the coroner release the deceased for the funeral to take place. The coroner's procedure usually only takes a few days. The funeral director will keep the relatives informed of the situation. The funeral directors will then be told when the family can register the death. The coroner's court will issue the death certificate.

    Death inquest

    When a death occurs and is due to unnatural causes a coroner's inquest is necessary. The coroner will open and adjourn to a later date. The coroner will then release the deceased to enable the funeral to take place. The coroner will issue an interim certificate, which can be used for bank or insurance purposes.

    When the coroner completes the inquest the death can then be registered.

  • How to register a death

    Information required to register:

    1. Day and place of death
    2. Full name of deceased (maiden name if applicable)
    3. Date and place of birth
    4. Occupation and home address
    5. If married, full name and occupation of surviving spouse.

    Documents required to register:

    1. Medical certificate of death
    2. Medical card if available
    3. Birth certificate & information regarding date of birth

    Who can register?

    1. Close relative of deceased
    2. Relative in attendance during last illness
    3. A relative living in the district where death occurred
    4. A person present at death
    5. The person causing the disposal
    Note: As Funeral Directors we are NOT allowed to register a death
    Registration must be carried out within 5 days from the date of death. This may be extended if authorised by the Registrar.
  • Probates and Wills

    What is a Probate?

    When someone dies a charge will be taken of their estate, (money, property and other possessions left) by collecting all the money, paying any debts and distributing the estate to those entitled. This charge is called the Probate.


    The Probate Registry issues a document named 'Grant of Representation'. There are Three Types of Grant:-

    1. Probate issued to one or more of the executors named in the Will.
    2. Letters of administration (with Will) issued when there is a Will, but no executor named or unable to deal with the estate.
    3. Letters of administration issued when the deceased has not made a Will, or the Will is not valid.

    Why is the Probate necessary?

    Organisations holding money in the deceased's name need to know whom the money is to be paid. The distribution of the estate is the responsibility of the person named on the deed, also called the Executor.


    A grant is sometimes not needed if the deceased's money will be released without the holder seeing a grant, when the amount held is small and there are no complications.


    Our services to you start when you contact us, whether by telephone or by calling personally and often extend way beyond the day of the funeral. On initial contact we will ask for preliminary details, where upon the deceased has died and we will advise on the conveyance of the deceased to our private chapel of repose.

    We would then ask, at a time and place to suit the family, for the funeral director to call and arrange the funeral.

  • Arranging the funeral

    What is a Probate?

    Arranging a funeral is an intensely personal difficult experience, we make it our objective to carry out your wishes to the best of our ability. We will act as sympathetic advisor and confidant to all of our customers taking full responsibility for the efficient completion of the arrangements you request for your loved one.


    E.M.D. Parkinson Funeral Directors we will liaise on your behalf with doctors, clergy, cemeteries and crematoria.


    We are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, for full details regarding arranging a funeral simply telephone for professional help when you need it.