Procedures to Follow to Ensure Proper Body Disposal When Death Occurs at Home
When a person dies at home, the experience can be traumatising to the people who witness it or discover the body. The trauma can be compounded if you have no idea how to go about properly disposing of the body. Body disposal should be done according to certain procedures. You should follow these procedures to ensure you dispose of a dead body without breaching the law.
If you discover a body at home, you must make certain that the person is dead. To remove any doubt, you should call an ambulance immediately. The ambulance officers can try to revive the person if he or she is still alive. If they ascertain that the person is dead, the technicians should leave the body at home.
Certifying the cause of death
You should call the doctor who last saw the deceased. The doctor should issue a death certificate within 24 hours. A death certificate may be required to confirm the death and its cause. If the doctor is unable to determine what caused the death, or if he or she is suspicious of the death, he or she must refer the death to the Coroner, who may investigate the death and provide a report. In this case, you must notify the police. The police may organise transportation of the body to the local forensic morgue. You can also request the doctor to provide you with a cremation certificate, if necessary, in addition to a death certificate.
Registering the death
You must register the death with the Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages. You can do the registration, or you can contact a funeral director to do it by filling out a Death Information Form. The Registry usually supplies this form. In the form, you may need to fill out personal details about the deceased. For instance, you may be asked to indicate the names of the children and spouses of the deceased, and you may report how the cause of death was certified. In this case, you should indicate whether you were issued with a death certificate or Coroner’s report. Some sections of the form also require the crematorium or funeral director to fill out to certify that disposal of the body has been done.
Now that you have learned what to do if death occurs at home, you should be able to dispose of the body procedurally to avoid breaking the law. Proper disposing of the body may also help to relieve stress and grief because of the perception that you gave the deceased a decent sendoff with funeral services.