When someone passes away, it can be difficult to know what steps need to be taken, particularly if it is unexpected. At Garvin’s Funeral Service we are available 24 hours a day to provide you with support and guidance through each step of the process.
When a death occurs at home or nursing home - If someone passes away at home or in a nursing home, the first thing to do is contact their doctor / doctor on call. The doctor will attend to verify the death. This must be done before we can attend and take your loved one into our care at our funeral home.
When a death occurs in a hospital - If someone has passed away in hospital, the doctor will issue a Medical Certificate of Cause of Death. We will liaise with them to arrange to bring your loved one into our care at our funeral home.
When a death is unexpected - If the doctor is unsure about the cause of death then they will report it to the coroner. A post-mortem may then be needed to ascertain the cause of death before a medical certificate is issued. The coroner will be in contact with you during this time. If you haven’t already contacted Garvin’s Funeral Service at this stage, you will need to advise the coroner that we are your chosen funeral director and we will liaise with them to arrange to bring your loved one into our care at our funeral home.
When a death occurs abroad - Should your loved one die abroad and need to be repatriated to Northern Ireland, we can help and advise you on the processes involved both at home and overseas.
Registering a death
In Northern Ireland a death should be registered in any District Registration Office within five working days, to allow funeral arrangements to be carried out. When registering a death an appointment needs to be made with the local Registrars Office. To arrange an appointment please contact:
Mid Ulster District Council: 03000 132 132
At this appointment you will need to bring the Medical Certificate of Cause of Death, the registration form (which we will provide you with) and payment.
A temporary arrangement is currently in place due to COVID-19, contact us for further information.
Donations in Memory
If donations are requested in memory of your loved one Garvin’s Funeral Service will accept and document donations on your behalf and forward them in due course to the charity of choice and provide the family with a list of all contributors. Donations in memory can be made in the following ways:
- By visiting our office with your donation
- By posting your donation to our office (please remember to include your name, address and who the donation is in memory of)
- Online by clicking the donate button under the persons death notice on our website
Can I get help paying for a funeral?
During these uncertain financial times many people worry about how they will pay for a funeral when the time comes. Help is available for those on a low income or those receiving benefits.
For information on whether you may be eligible or not to receive Funeral Expenses Payment from the Social Fund and / or Bereavement Support Payment contact us for more information.
Each person’s bereavement journey is unique and there’s no right or wrong way to grieve. If you feel that you are struggling following the death of someone close, please contact us and we will be able to assist in getting you the support you need.
Cruse Bereavement Care: 0808 808 1677
Lifeline: 0808 808 8000