What to do when a loved one dies...

We are almost never prepared for the emotional stress which surrounds the death of a loved one. It is at this time that you can feel lost and burdened with the stress of trying to find your way through processes when all you want to do is be with friends and family and grieve.

At Carroll and Fitzgerald we understand.....

At this most saddened time you need the services of professionals who can relate to what you are going through. Our caring professional experience  is available to you to discreetly handle all the necessary funeral arrangements with understanding and compassion to support you at this time.

Your initial concern is what do we do first?
Well this will depend on where the death has occurred and whether it was expected or sudden.

Sudden deaths, wherever they occur, should be reported to An Garda Siochána, who in turn will refer the death to The Coroner, they will assess the facts surrounding the death and the Coroner may issue instructions for a post-mortem examination to take place.  

This is an examination carried out by a pathologist to establish the medical cause of death. When a post mortem is required there can be a delay of 1 to 2 days, this can sometimes be longer if the death happened at the weekend or bank holiday. In this case there is a delay before funeral arrangements can be considered.

When someone dies at home and the death was expected, if they were attended by their Doctor within the last 28 days then your initial call should be made to this doctor who will visit the home to confirm that death has occurred.

If calling the deceased’s doctor out-of-hours you will probably be directed to contact the on-call service for a the on callDoctor to visit the home and confirm death has occurred.
The following morning you should then contact the deceased's doctor and advise them that the death has occurred. 

When someone dies in a hospital, hospice or nursing home a doctor will be in attendance or called by the nursing team to confirm that death has occurred. The doctor or hospital staff will advise the family if a post mortem examination will be required.

Once death has been confirmed you should contact us here at Carroll & Fitzgerald and we can assist you with making arrangements and advise on the process of registering the death and arranging the funeral.

For more information on registering the death please click on the link button below

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