At some point in our lives we will all experience bereavement. If bereavement occurs in Hospital, members of the Medical Team will be available to help you, however if the bereavement occurs at home, the following information provides some step-by-step guidance:
What do I do if there is an expected Death at home?
If possible during your loved one’s illness, try to discuss options available, such as their final wishes, choice of burial or cremation and undertaker. We appreciate that this may be difficult, however when death occurs, this makes the most traumatic of arrangements easier to deal with.
Call the Surgery to request that your GP attends to certify that life has ended. If death occurs outside of normal Surgery hours, please contact our out of hours service on 111.
When the Doctor has confirmed that death has occurred, please contact your Undertaker. They will make arrangements to transfer the body to a Chapel of Rest and will arrange to discuss Funeral arrangements with you.
A Death Certificate will be provided by the Doctor, which usually follows on the next working day, providing that the death was expected and that the deceased had been seen by his/her GP up to 14 days prior to death.
Prior arrangement can be made to collect the Death Certificate.
On receipt, the Death must be registered with the Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages:
The Bradford and Keighley Register Office
Telephone: 01274 432151
Fax: 01274 305139
Address: Bradford and Keighley Register Office ,City Hall, Centenary Square, Bradford, BD1 1HY
Opening times: Please note death registrations are by appointment only.
Monday to Friday: 9am to 4.30pm
Saturday: By appointment only
Once death has been registered, please advise the Undertaker who will then be able to proceed with funeral arrangements. Please remember that you may need duplicate copies of the Death Certificate to assist you with the affairs of the deceased in relation to Life Insurance, Bank & Pension arrangements.
What do I do if there is a sudden unexpected Death at Home?
If you are unsure that death has actually occurred i.e. Patient has collapsed, please call 999 immediately.
If you know that death has occurred, please contact the Surgery and ask for an immediate urgent visit, explaining your circumstances to the Receptionist.
The Doctor will attend and confirm that death has occurred, however as the death was unexpected, the Doctor has a legal duty to inform the Coroner or Police. Please do not be alarmed by this process, as this is a legal formality that must be followed when sudden unexpected death occurs. A Police Officer will attend and will need to discuss events leading up to death with friends and relatives. Once this process is complete, the Undertaker will be permitted to move the body to a Chapel of Rest.
The Coroner will discuss the event of death with the GP of the deceased. In some circumstances, the Coroner may permit the GP to issue a Death Certificate, however please do not be alarmed if this is not permitted at this stage, as it may be that the Doctor who certified death did not know the probable cause of death,.
A Post-Mortem may be required to investigate the death further and to verify cause of death. You will be informed of this as the process usually requires consent from a spouse/partner or relative.
Once a Death Certificate has been issued, the Undertaker may proceed with Funeral Arrangements. Your GP will assist you in explaining the Death Certificate to you if required and will be able to answer any queries you may have.
Our staff are always available for support and advice. We often advise a visit to the Bradford Bereavement Service website to access support including counselling