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What To Do When Someone Dies

Unfortunately at some stage in our lives we have to face the death of a loved oneIn Australia the majority of deaths occur within Aged Care Facilities or Hospitals where staff members are there to support and assist families through the next steps that need to be taken.


However, if a death occurs elsewhere (eg. Family Home) the first person to be contacted should be the deceased's usual doctor. This will assist in obtaining necessary paper work and a death certificate.


If the doctor is not happy with the circumstances surrounding the death and is unable to complete and sign a death certificate, the death must be reported to the Coroner. This may be the case if the death was accidental or unexpected and there are no records of any medical issues regarding that person.


The Coroner will then work to determine the cause of death. This process can take some time to confirm the cause of death, however it is required by law to have either a doctor or coroner to sign a death certificate before a funeral director can be engaged to take the deceased into their care. 


Michael Crawford Funerals are available 24 hours, 7 days a week to guide and assist you through the process, and will be there to look after your loved one through their final journey with dignity and respect. Please call us on (03) 5367 6733 - Wherever and whenever a death may occur.


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