What to do first

If the death has been expected, then a Medical Certificate of Death can be issued.

In the case of a death at home you will need to contact the GP of the deceased. (If this is outside of normal surgery hours then the ‘on call’ doctor may attend). The GP’s surgery will arrange the issuing of the Death Certificate.

In a Nursing Home the staff would normally contact the GP, and they will be able to advise you on collecting the Death Certificate.

If death has occurred in a hospital, the Death Certificate is normally issued through the hospital doctors. It is possible that the hospital may seek permission for a post-mortem to determine the exact cause. It is important to remember that there is no obligation on your behalf to have a post-mortem (unless the Coroner is involved) and the final decision is yours.

If the funeral is going to involve a cremation and the Coroner is not involved, you have a right to inspect the medical forms for cremation. If you wish to inspect these forms, we can advise you.


Thank you for the excellent service you have given me over the last 5 or 6 weeks. You were a pleasure to deal with both during the planning process when your suggestions were always pertinent and helpful (and we were even able to enjoy a little humour!!) right the way through to the events on the 15th & 16th December when everything was done perfectly – just as we had discussed. 

Thank you, John, – your help was much appreciated.


I chose Pearce Funeral Services from the internet yellow pages. From the time I rang to make the enquiry John Pearce could not have been more helpful or sympathetic. My husband’s body needed to be brought from Wales to Swindon for the cremation and this was dealt with dignity and compassion as were the rest of the arrangements. 

John Pearce dealt with the cremation with professionalism, dignity and sympathy which impressed family and friends alike. I would have no hesitation in recommending Pearce Funeral Services to anyone who wants the best possible farewell to a loved one.


More testimonials