When someone dies at home
If the death was expected the deceased will have been attended to by their GP recently. The initial call should be made to this doctor who will be required to visit the home to confirm that death has occurred.
If calling the GP out-of-hours you may be directed to contact a locum doctor. The locum will visit the home to confirm death has occurred. Your GP should then be contacted the following morning and advised that death has occurred. Once death has been confirmed (by GP or locum) you should contact Cross’s on 061 410744 to begin to make funeral arrangements.
If the death is unexpected the first call should be made to the deceased’s GP who attended during their most recent illness. The GP may advise the family to contact their nearest Garda Station as the Gardai may wish to refer the death to the Coroner (see section on sudden deaths below).
When someone dies in hospital, hospice or nursing home
Normally 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 (see below), but in most cases this will not be necessary and you should contact Cross’s on 061 410744 to make funeral arrangements.
When someone dies suddenly
Sudden deaths, wherever they occur, should be reported to An Garda Siochána, who will in turn will refer the death to The Coroner, who having assessed the facts surrounding the death, may issue instructions for a post-mortem examination (or autopsy) to take place. This is an examination carried out by a pathologist to establish the medical cause of death. When an autopsy is required there will normally be a delay of 1 to 2 days (or longer if death occurs at a weekend or bank holiday) before proceeding with funeral arrangements.
When the death has been reported you should contact Cross’s on 061 410744 to make funeral arrangements.