The passing of a loved one is always difficult; but even more so when it is unexpected. The shock of the death is difficult enough, and there are so many decisions that need to be made that it can be very overwhelming.
Jennings.ie can take away much of the stress for you by acting on your instructions to carry out your wishes for your loved one. Some of the things you need to thing about are as follows:
Did the deceased have any plans in place for his or her funeral and burial arrangements? If not, the family may need to get together to organise a list of people to be contacted. If there are next of kin who live outside of Ireland, they will need to book flights.
Unexpected Death at Home
If someone dies without a doctor being present, a death certificate must be obtained from a doctor who will certify the death. The doctor will make a determination on whether or not a coroner should be called (this happens in the case of an unusual death or one where the exact cause of death must be determined-even in a hospital).
In the case of an accident or sudden death it is best not to move anything until a doctor is called to come and make the official pronouncement of death.
If the death occurs at home, you may need to contact the Gardaí who can also determine if the Coroner needs to be contacted.
If the family doctor is not prepared to sign the Death Notification Form because he/she was not treating the deceased, then the Gardai must be called and they will in turn contact the coroner.
Find out if the deceased person was in possession of an organ donor card and if so, inform the doctor straight away so those wishes can be honoured effectively.
People to Notify
- Relatives and close friends of the deceased as well as neighbours, employers and colleagues.
- The deceased’s solicitor if applicable
- Financial Institutions and Insurance Companies
- State Authorities if the deceased was getting a pension or social security/medical card
At this point many families decide to contact a Funeral Director who can take over many of the arrangements and help with all of the decisions and choices yet to be made.
If there is an existing burial plot the Funeral Director can find out where it is; if one needs to be purchased they will organise this for you too.