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When a death occurs

A certificate to certify the cause of death must be signed by a doctor or coroner. The family doctor will normally be able to sign the certificate providing they have treated the person during the previous months for a condition that may have caused their death. If the family doctor is unable to sign the certificate, then the coroner will be notified.

A doctor or registered nurse is required at all times to certify the death.

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When Death Occurs at Home

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When Death Occurs in A Hospital or Nursing Home

The majority of natural deaths now occur in a hospital or nursing home with a doctor in attendance. In these cases, it is a simple matter to obtain the death certificate from the attending physician.

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When Death Occurs Accidentally or Suddenly

If your loved one dies accidentally or suddenly it can often be a shock and an experience for which you are not prepared. The coroner will need to be notified through the police and an autopsy performed to determine the exact cause of death.

Once the death has been reported to the police, they will make arrangements for the body to conveyed to the Coroner’s facility by the Government Undertaker. Please note that you do not have to use the Government Undertaker to make the funeral arrangements. You are free to use any Funeral Director you choose.

Once the police have been contacted you should then contact your funeral director who will advise you of what needs to be done and will liaise with the police and the Coroner.

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What to do When Someone Dies

The Queensland Government Publication “Managing Affairs After a Death” is an online checklist of important tasks you’ll need to take care of when a loved one dies.

  • Death Certificate, Wills and the Estate

  • Financial Matters

  • Transport

  • Health Services

  • Lifestyle and Personal

  • Government Support

  • Property

  • Utilities

  • Work and Professional Life

  • Insurances

For more information, please visit the Managing Affairs After a Death website below:

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