When somebody dies there are several things which need to be done in the days following their passing. First of all, it is important to obtain a medical certificate from either a hospital doctor or from a GP. This certificate is needed in order to be able to officially register the person’s death. It is important to register the death within five days (or within eight days if you live in Scotland).
Once you have registered the death, you will be provided with the documentation you need to arrange the person’s funeral. It is possible to either organise the funeral yourself or to employ the services of a funeral director to help you arrange it. Most people choose to use a funeral director as they can help guide the family through each step of the funeral process at what can be a very difficult and emotional time.
When deciding on a funeral director to use it’s a good idea to choose one who is a member of either The National Society of Allied and Independent Funeral Directors or The National Association of Funeral Directors. This is because these directors have signed up to a strict code of practice, including giving a price list when asked. When requesting a quote it is important to check what the overall cost includes to avoid any possible hidden costs later on.
Joseph C Roberts are an independent, family run funeral director, operating throughout West and North Yorkshire. Our qualified team of staff are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to support families throughout the funeral service. For more information please get in touch when you are ready by calling 01423 887824.