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Registration Procedures

The death must be registered in the district in which it has occurred. This must be carried out within 5 days. The certificate of cause of death, issued by the Doctor, should be taken to the registrar’s office, with the Deceased medical card and birth certificate.

The registrar will ask for the following information:

  • The Full name of the Deceased
  • The Date and place of Birth
  • The Date and Place of Death
  • The Marital Status
  • The Home Address
  • The Deceased’s Last Occupation (even if retired)
  • If married at date of death ~ the date of birth of surviving partner.
  • If female ~ and either married or widowed, the maiden name and the husband’s full name and occupation.

The registrar will issue a GREEN CERTIFICATE, which must be handed to Masterson Funeral Home, before the Funeral can take place.

If the death is referred to the Coroner, please contact Masterson Funeral Home, and provisional arrangements can be made until permission from the Coroner’s office is given for registration.

What to do when a death occurs?

The first steps to be taken when a death occurs are very often the hardest for people to make.

At Masterson Funeral Home we have staff on duty at all times to personally answer the telephone and attend to bring the deceased person into our care.

If the death occurs at home?

Telephone the doctor anytime, 24hrs a day, who will visit the family home, to ascertain the patient has died. Then telephone Masterson Funeral Home. We will endeavour to remove the deceased into our care, within one hour of the call, or at any time the family request this to be carried out.

A staff member of the Masterson Funeral Home Staff will speak to the family about the registration procedures and leave a booklet with the necessary information.

If the death occurs in hospital?

Our advise to all families, is that when a death does occur they contact us immediately.

In many cases now when people pass away in the hospital, it is not necessary for us to attend straight away, but our staff can give the helpful advice needed to put people's mind at ease, and to ensure that the family are aware of everything which needs to be carried out.

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