Arrangements after someone has died

When someone dies there are many decisions and arrangements to make, all of which can be difficult in a time of grief. After the person has died their body will continue to be cared for with dignity and respect and in accordance with Islamic beliefs.

Verifying a death

If the cause of death is clear, as would normally be the case for someone receiving End of Life care, the GP will need to be contacted to verify the death and provide a medical certificate and a formal notice (which states the doctor has signed the medical certificate and advises how to get the death registered).

In the unlikely event that the death was unexpected, the doctor may report the death to the Coroner e.g. if the person was not attended by a doctor during their final few days or the cause of death was not known or uncertain.


Registering a death

In England and Wales, it is legally required to register the death at the register office within five days.​