End of Life Care
End of life care is support for people who are in the last months or years of their life. It should help you to live as well as possible until you die, and to die with dignity.
Please click this link to access a national patient information leaflet regarding end of life care End of Life Care Patient Information Leaflet
You can also find further information on the NHS Website.
If Death Occurs At Home
Due to the current Covid-19 outbreak, some procedures in relation to care after death of a loved one are different and subject to change regularly.
Medical Certificate of Cause of Death (MCCD)
The GP surgery will organise this. Usually the MCCD is collected in person from the surgery; however the certificates are now being sent electronically by the GP surgery to the Registrar’s office.
Families should ring 01609 780780, to book an appointment to register the death. The process will be explained to the relatives when they make their call to the Registrar’s office at the council.
When do I contact the funeral director?
Most families use the services of a funeral director. You can contact your chosen director at any time.
Registering a Death
Usually an appointment is made to attend the Register Office to register the death, however at the present time this is being done by telephone instead.
The Registrar will issue the legal Death Certificate.
Registrar of Births and Deaths Tel: 01609 780780 https://www.northyorks.gov.uk/death
You can find further information here on what to do if somebody you care about has died at home Community bereavement booklet
If The Death Occurs In Hospital
1. Contact a funeral director to inform him his services are required.
2. Collect the certificate from the hospital then follow 4 - 5 as above
You can find further information here on what to do if somebody you care about has died at hospital Hospital bereavement booklet
(Note For Cremation -Your funeral director will usually liaise directly with the surgery regarding the additional certification required.)
National and Local information and support
Government website - What to do after someone dies
Coping with bereavement
Just B - Local Support Service