Care of Deceased
The most important duty that I the Funeral Director am entrusted with is the responsibility
of looking after the loved one of a bereaved family. I as a professional Funeral Director employ
qualified Nurses who are highly trained and experienced in this specialised area. When
death occurs at home, the Funeral Director will advise, if necessary, that the deceased is
removed to the rest room for preparation and care. Time permitting and providing documentation is
complete, normally the coffin can be taken home the same day if so required. This will allow time to
prepare the room in which the deceased is going to rest. When death occurs in hospital,
nursing home etc. and documentation is complete, the deceased is always taken to the rest
room to carry out the necessary preparation, before going to House, Church or remaining in
Rest Room. The Funeral Director will discuss with you what you would like the deceased
dressed in i.e., Robe, Nightdress, Suit etc.
The last time you saw a loved one might have been a distressing memory, perhaps in hospital or for the purposes of identification. In any event I believe that, in asking me to look after a member of your family, you would like to be certain that the best that could be done for your relative has been done whether you wish to visit the deceased before the funeral or not.
Relatives and friends often wish to visit the deceased and pay their last respects before the day of the funeral. We will only allow this on the specific request of you the family.
In the event of a sudden or unexpected death the Doctor may not issue a medical
certificate of death. Legally he must report the death to the Procurator Fiscal, who in
turn will investigate the circumstances surrounding the death. Procurator Fiscal's
procedures differ slightly from area to area, therefore it is best to seek the advice of
the Funeral Director who will be fully conversant with these procedures and will advise
The role of the Procurator Fiscal investigation of deaths and information for bereaved relatives is now available via a link on the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal's website - www.copfs.gov.uk
Information required will be:-
- Is there an existing lair? If so, the name of the Cemetery and is the Lair Certificate
- How many people are in the Lair(s)?
- When there is an existing lair but no Lair Certificate information required will be the
name of the cemetery, name, address and date of death of the last interment.
- To purchase a New Lair information required will be, name of Cemetery and the name and
address of the Lair Holder.
- Application, Transfer and Indemnity Forms to be completed where applicable.
I will advise on Local Authority rules, regulations and costs
pertaining to the Cemetery required.
The client should decide which Crematorium they wish to use. The Funeral Director will
advise on rules, regulations, costs and services provided pertaining to the Crematorium
Place and circumstance of death determine the forms required by the Cremation Authorities.
In Scotland these normally include:-
- Application for Cremation (Form A) Signed by an Executor or Next Of kin.
- Certificate of Registration of Death (Form 14) from the Registrar.
- Medical forms "B&C" completed by the Doctors (There is a charge for these
forms) or Procurator Fiscal's (form El), where applicable (no charge for El form). The
Funeral Director will advise on forms required when the death occurs outside Scotland.
Disposal of cremated remains is a personal choice and thought must be given prior to the
cremation taking place. Choices include the following:
- Scattered in the Garden of Remembrance at a Crematorium.
- Scattered at a favourite place of the deceased.
- Interred in a Cemetery or private piece of ground.
- To keep the remains at home.
- Retained by the Funeral Director until a decision is made.
- I the Funeral Director will advise on services provided by the Crematoria i.e. Book of
Remembrance, Plaques, Rose Bushes etc.
- When cremated remains are to be forwarded abroad or within the UK it is advisable to
allow the Funeral Director to arrange this.