In Times of Bereavement

When a death occurs in the family, it can be a very difficult time. Our short guide below explains the process that takes place after someone dies. We are here to help, so please get in touch should you require any further information. 

Leylands Bereavement Support Group

The Leylands Practice Health Champions have set up a Bereavement Support Group, meeting every two weeks on Friday afternoon at the Leylands surgery. The aim is to provide support to patients who have been experiencing difficulties following a bereavement. The health champions will provide that sympathetic ear & help patients take appropriate actions to address any administrative issues related to the bereavement, but more especially to ‘re-balance’ their lives & social networks. The health champions will assist & support the patient in making contact with the relevant organisations professionally trained to deal with any issues highlighted.
This is a service that has been setup by patients for patients. Please enquire at reception if you wish to attend, or indeed if you wish to volunteer your time to help.

Other Bereavement Support Groups

The organisations below provide bereavement counselling locally. Both accept self referrals, so if you're struggling give them a call to find out more. 




 If Death Occurs At Home


1. Telephone us ( or 111, if we are closed). A doctor will visit to confirm that death has taken place.

2. Contact a funeral director - you can find someone using the local directory

3. Arrange to collect the doctor's Medical Certificate of Death (usually from the surgery). Under normal circumstances, we will aim to have this ready by 2.30pm the next working day, but sometimes it might take longer. Please note that we do not provide death certificates outside of normal hours (Mon-Fri 0830-1800) or on bank holidays.

4. Take the doctor's Medical Certificate of Death to the Registrars Office, (together with the deceased's Medical Card and Birth Certificate, if available) for the area in which the death took place. Alternatively you can register by declaration at any convenient Registrars Office but certificates will not be available as these will have to be posted to you a few days later.

5. The Registrar will normally issue a Green coloured certificate for you to give to your funeral director who will look after necessary arrangements for the funeral. The Registrar will also issue a white notification certificate for the DSS. They will also enquire as to the number of Certified Copies you require for dealing with the deceased finances (a fee is payable for each copy).

If The Death Occurs In Hospital


1. Contact a funeral director to engage their services

2. Collect the certificate from the hospital then follow steps 4 - 5 as above

Note For Cremations


Your funeral director will usually liaise directly with the surgery regarding the additional certification required. 



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