What To Do When Someone Dies

The moment you find out a loved one has passed away is met with both emotional and physical reactions. Feelings of being overwhelmed with grief can often make knowing what the next steps are confusing at best. Navigating the legal requirements can be difficult, we can help you through all of this every step of the way.

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Death in a rest home or hospital

Following a death in a rest home, hospital or hospice, the nursing staff will advise the Doctor of the death. The Doctor will issue a Medical Certificate of Death along with a Medical Practitioners Certificate for Cremation if the deceased is to be cremated.

The nursing staff will also advise family members of the death. Often families take time to spend with the deceased before having us transfer the deceased to our care. You may ask the rest home, hospice or hospital to call us to arrange the transfer to our facilities.

Death at home

The Doctor should be called as soon as possible to verify the death and issue the appropriate medical documents. The Doctor will issue a Medical Certificate as to Cause of Death and a Medical Practitioners Certificate for Cremation if required. Once these documents are available we can transfer the deceased to our care at our funeral home. If the Doctor is not able to issue the Medical Certificate as to the Cause of Death due to the nature of the death or the cause of death is not obvious, the Doctor will refer the death to the Coroner.

The Coroner

The Coroner will investigate a death when a death is the result of an accident or is unexplained.

The Doctor will contact the police to investigate further and advise the Coroner of their findings. Once the Coroner’s investigation is complete, the deceased is released to the family to continue with funeral arrangements. Early contact with Waikanae Funeral Home staff enables us to liaise with the Coroner for a release as soon as possible and to guide you through this process.