When Death Occurs At Home
Depending on the circumstances of death there are varying procedures that need to be carried out.
If a body has been discovered or if the death was unexpected then the family doctor, paramedics and the police should be contacted.
If the death was expected and has occurred in the home, contact the doctor who had been attending to the deceased during their final illness.
The doctor may write out the Medical Certificate of Death when they visit the house or they may request that you attend the surgery for this purpose. If a death occurs in the home outside of normal surgery hours a deputising doctor or paramedic may attend the home and issue a "certificate of attendance" which will need to be passed onto the doctor's surgery when it re-opens.
If the death was expected and the medical certificate or the certificate of attendance has been issued, the funeral director of your choice should be contacted so that arrangements can be made to take the deceased into their care.
If you are entrusting A.R.Adams to carry out the funeral arrangements then our service to you will start when you first call us. A representative of the company will ask you for the name and location of the deceased and whether or not a doctor or other medical practitioner has confirmed that the death has occurred. Your name and address will be taken and a time of arrival will be agreed.
We will always strive to be with you within an hour of you making contacting with us, unless you specifiy you would like a longer time.
Two members of our staff will arrive at the home and will explain the next steps of the process to you before transferring the deceased into our company's care. The deceased will be brought to either our private chapel of rest in Rayleigh High Street, Essex or our private chapel of rest in The Broadway, Thorpe Bay. Once the deceased has been taken into our care and the death has been registered, the funeral director will need to be contacted again during office hours in order to make an appointment to discuss the forthcoming funeral arrangements.
For immediate assistance contact us on our 24 hour, 7 day a week telephone numbers
Rayleigh: 01268 743102 / Southend (Thorpe Bay) : 01702 586383
Essex County Death Registration Services
0845 603 7632