The first day after the occurrence of death can be overwhelming. Many will feel down by the loss and there will be many decisions to be made. The very first step you need to do is to obtain the CCOD so that you can register the death, which has to be done within 24 hours.
Proof of Identity of the deceased must be presented to obtain the CCOD
Scenario 1: Death occurs in a Hospital
If the cause of death is known and the cause of death is natural, the doctor that is able to certify the death will usually fill up the CCOD and pass it to the ward nurse. You can present the identity card of the deceased to the ward nurse to obtain the CCOD.
Scenario 2: Death occurs at home
Get in touch with the doctor who has previously attended to the deceased. If you are unable to get in touch with the family doctor, contact a doctor in the vicinity for a house call.
*If the doctor is able to certify the death, he will issue the CCOD on the spot.
When death cannot be certified
If the doctor is unable to certify the death or can’t be contacted, call the Police to send the body to Mortuary@HSA in a Police Hearse. In most cases, the Police will contact the family to go down to Mortuary@HSA the next day.
What you need to bring to the Mortuary@HSA
- All medical documents relating to the deceased
- All medications consumed by the deceased
- Both Proof of Identity of the deceased (for cancellation) and informant e.g. NRIC/Passport/Certificate of Registration of Birth/FIN card
What to expect at the Mortuary@HSA
In presence of a Coroner, the family will be asked to identify the body of the deceased. If an autopsy is necessary, the Coroner will put up a request. Subsequently, the family will be contacted to retrieve the body for the funeral.
If the autopsy reveals an unnatural death, the Police will carry out further investigations into the cause. The Police will contact the family after the investigations. The family will need to attend a Coroner’s Inquiry that will be held at the Subordinate Courts.