What To Do In Time Of Bereavement

Death is an inevitable fact of life. However, many of us never think about what we need to do until we are faced with the situation. It is at this time you need all the help and support possible to help you through the grieving process . We at the surgery are available to give you advice and guidance; however, there are certain practical steps you might need to know about. These are things that you will have to do:



I f someone dies at home

  • Telephone the doctor and they will visit to confirm that death has taken place and also tell you how to obtain the death certificate
  • Contact a funeral director who will be able to advise you on registration procedures

If someone dies in Hospital

  • Contact a funeral director to let them know that their services will be required.
  • Collect the doctor's death certificate from the hospital

In all cases of Death

  • Make an appointment to take the death certificate to the registrar's office for the area in which the death took place. Also take the deceased's medical card, if available, and also details of the birth certificate. The registrar will then issue you with a green form.
  • Take this green form to the funeral director who will take over responsibility for arranging the funeral and allow you to grieve in peace.

We have put together some leaflets, which we hope will offer guidance about what to do after a death, explain what help is available from Social Security and suggest some organisations that can give support and comfort.  One leaflet serves as an introduction to grief, leading through the usual stages of grief to show how healing can take place.

You may also find the information below useful:

Registrar:  You should register the death with the Registrar of Births and Deaths for the area where the person died. You will need to arrange an appointment to visit the Registrar. Contact Register Office, The Wilson Centre CSC, Hull City Council, Alfred Gelder Street, Hull, HU1 2AG. Telephone: 01482 300 300 Text phone: 01482 300 349 Email:

Cruse Bereavement Care office, Hull Branch 01482 565565

Hull & East Riding Area 01482 441002 Ext 206

Citizens Advice run appointments from our surgeries for patients please telephone the surgery to make an appointment, for other locations see or telephone Appointment Line: 01262 605644  Advice Line: 01482 393180 Fax number: 01262 605644

Age Concern Hull, The Healthy Living Centre, Bradbury House, Porter Street, HULL, HU1 2RH.   Telephone: 01482 324644  Email: or listed at ] information at

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