What You Need to Know in Times of Bereavement

If death occurs at home

When death takes place at home there is usually a kind friend, neighbour or relative able to help you.

Inform the doctor

As soon as possible inform the doctor that death has occurred. He/she may write out the Medical Certificate of Death when he/she visits the house, or may request you attend the surgery for this purpose.

When death occurs in hospital

When death happens in hospital the procedure is very similar. Apply to the hospital for the Medical Certificate of Death and not your family doctor.

The Coroner

In cases where the death has been reported to the Coroner the procedure is somewhat different. The Coroner and their officers are working in your interest. No doctor will issue a Medical Certificate of Death. This will be sent by the Coroner to the Registrar's Office in the district where the death occurred, after contact has been made with the Coroner's office.

How to Register a Death

Who can register

  1. A close Relative of the deceased
  2. A relative in attendance during last illness
  3. A relative living in the district where the death occurred
  4. The person present at the time of death
  5. The person causing the disposal

Documents required

  1. Medical Certificate of Death
  2. Medical Card if available or
  3. Birth Certificate & Information regarding date of birth

Information required to register

  1. Date and place of death
  2. Full name of deceased (maiden name if applicable)
  3. Date and place of birth
  4. Occupation and home address
  5. If married, full name and occupation of surviving spouse


  • Green Certificate for the funeral director
  • Social Security Certificate to be handed in at the local D.S.S Office
  • Copies of Entry of Death for bank, insurance and solicitors