Registering a Death
18 Apr 2019
When Death Occurs at Home:
When death takes place at home, there is usually a kind friend, neighbour or relative able to attend to duties in the sick room.
Inform the Doctor
As soon as possible inform the doctor that death has occurred. He/she may write out the medical certificate of death when he/she visits the house, or may request you attend the surgery for this purpose.
When Death Occurs in Hospital:
When death occurs in hospital the procedure is very similar. Apply to the hospital for the medical certificate of death and not your family doctor.
In cases where death has been reported to the coroner the procedure is somewhat different. The coroner and his officers are working in your interest. No doctor will issue a medical certificate of death. This will be sent by the coroner to the registrar’s office in the district where the death occurred, after contact has been made with the coroner’s office.
How to register a death
Who can register?
- A close relative of deceased
- Relative in attendance during last illness
- A relative living in the district where death occurred
- A person present at death
- The person causing the disposal
- Medical certificate of death
- Medical card if available or
- Birth certificate & information regarding date of birth
Information required for death registration:
- Date and place of death
- Full name of deceased (maiden name if applicable)
- Date and place of birth
- Occupation and home address
- If married, full name and occupation of surviving spouse
- Disposal certificate for the funeral director
- Social security certificate to be handed in at the D.S.S. offices with any pension books
- Copied of entry of death for bank, insurance, solicitors
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