What to do Post Bereavement

If death occurs at home

As soon as possible inform the doctor that death has occurred. He/She will write out the Medical Certificate of Death when he/she visits the house, or may request you attend the surgery for this purpose. If it happened during the night, you do not need to contact the doctor until the following morning unless you want to. If the death was unexpected, you should dial 999 and ask for an ambulance and police immediately. Contact an undertaker who will make initial arrangements for you.

If the death occurs in hospital or a nursing home

When death occurs in these circumstances the procedure is very similar. apply to the hospital for the Medical Certificate of Death.

Registering the Death

One of the first things that needs to happen when someone dies is for the death to be registered. The death must be registered by the registrar within 8 days in Scotland.

Who can register?

The death can be registered by a close relative of the deceased, a relative in attendance during last illness, a relative living in the same district, a person present at death or the person causing the disposal.

You need the following documents

  • A Medical Certificate of Death
  • Medical Card
  • Birth Certificate.

Information required by registrar

  • Date and place of death
  • Full name of deceased
  • Date and place of birth
  • Occupation
  • Home address
  • If married, the full name and occupation of spouse.


You will get a certificate for the funeral director, Social Security Certificate for DSS offices. You will need copies of entry of death for banks, insurance and solicitors.