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FAQs

FAQs

We’ve provided a list of answers to questions we frequently receive regarding our services and other activities related to funerals. If you don't see the answer to your question here, feel free to contact us. We'd be happy to give you more information and clarify any of your concerns.

 

What should I do if someone dies at home?
Were they regularly visiting with a doctor?

If yes:

  • Contact the visiting doctor and your District Police station to inform them of said death.
  • The Police will in turn liaise with the doctor or in some cases the District Medical Officer (DMO) to receive authorization for the removal of the body.
  • Contact the desired funeral agency with all the details for the removal of the body.
  • Locate the Electronic Birth Certificate and at least one form of Photo Id for the deceased.
  • The Doctor or DMO will issue the Medical Certificate of cause of death stating the causes, which will be used at the District Registrar of Births and Deaths to attain the Death Certificate. (You must provide the Electronic Birth Certificate and Photo Id).
  • The Registrar will issue three (3) copies of the Death Certificate and one (1) Electronic copy of the Medical Certificate.


If not, what do I do?

  • If the deceased was not visiting with a doctor regularly, you contact your District Police to inform them of said death.
  • The Police will in turn liaise with the District Medical Officer (DMO) to receive authorization for the removal of the body.
  • Once the DMO is confident that there was no sign of foul play you will be given authorization for the body to be removed. If not, the DMO will request that a post mortem be done.
  • Contact the desired funeral agency with all the details for the removal of the body.
  • Locate the Electronic Birth Certificate and at least one form of Photo Id for the deceased.
  • The Doctor or DMO will issue the Medical Certificate of cause of death stating the causes, which will be used at the District Registrar of Births and Deaths to attain the Death Certificate. ( You must provide the Electronic Birth Certificate and Photo Id).
  • In the case of the autopsy, you will be informed where it will take place and the time you should be there by. We usually suggest that you are there at least half an hour before in the event that the documentation is not in order. Once the autopsy is completed, the pathologist will issue the report of the findings, which you will use to register for the Death Certificate at the District Registrar.
  • The Registrar will issue three (3) copies of the Death Certificate and one (1) Electronic copy of the Medical Certificate.



What should I do if someone dies at the hospital?
Was the deceased warded for at least 48 hours or do they have a known medical history?

If yes:

  • The visiting doctor on the ward will issue the Medical Certificate of Cause of Death.
  • Call the desired funeral agency to advise so arrangements can be made to remove your loved one from the morgue.
  • Take the Medical Certificate along with the Electronic Birth Certificate and Photo ID to your District Registrar.
  • The Registrar will issue three (3) copies of the Death Certificate and one (1) Electronic copy of the Medical Certificate.


If not, what do I do?

  • The visiting doctor will decide if he/ she is satisfied with their finding to provide you with a Medical Certificate of Cause of Death. In retrospect, the doctor will request that an autopsy be done to conclude the cause of death.
  • Contact the desired funeral agency so arrangements can be made for the removal of the body once the autopsy is completed.
  • Locate the Electronic Birth Certificate and at least one form of Photo Id for the deceased.
  • You will be informed when and where the autopsy will take place. We usually suggest that you are there at least half an hour before, in the event that the documentation is not in order.
  • Once the autopsy is completed, the pathologist will issue the report of the findings, which you will use to register for the Death Certificate at the District Registrar.
  • The Registrar will issue three (3) copies of the Death Certificate and one (1) Electronic copy of the Medical Certificate.

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Phone: (868) 663-1010
50 Eastern Main Road, St. Augustine, Trinidad & Tobago


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