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A man has died. There are many new questions. How to obtain a death certificate, how to solve the question with the hospital and morgue and how to compensate the cost of funeral services.

Often, busy with the organization we forget about what is also of high importance for the deceased.

1. Steps to be taken. This instruction is effective if the death occurred in major cities and surrounding areas.

If the death occurred at home:

at night:

  • Call the ambulance for pronouncement of death. *
  • Call the police officer for a protocol of necroscopy. *
  • Get the form of pronouncement of death (or the supplementary sheet) from health care workers and protocol of necroscopy from a police officer.
  • If necessary, call a specialized vehicle for transportation of the corpse to the morgue (you can ask health care workers a phone number of a service of corpse transportation). * All the documents listed above (form of pronouncement of death and protocol of necroscopy) an employee of a service of corpse transportation takes together with the corpse to the morgue. It is necessary to receive from an employee of a service of corpse transportation the referral form to the clinic to get a medical history (if it is not in hand).
  • If the corpse has not been transported to the morgue, in the morning with a form of pronouncement of death, protocol of necroscopy, health policy and medical history of the deceased (if it is in hand), passport of the deceased and passport of the applicant it is necessary to apply to the clinic for registration of medical death certificate. **
  • If the corpse has been transported to the morgue, in the morning with the referral form of a service of corpse transportation, health policy, passport of the deceased and passport of the applicant it is necessary to apply to the clinic for medical history with written death summary. Then with medical history of the deceased (death summary is compulsive!!!), passport and the passport of the deceased applicant must apply to the morgue for registration of medical death certificate. **
  • Upon receipt in the clinic or in the morgue the medical death certificate, in the registry office (at the place of residence of the deceased or the location of the morgue/clinics, or in standby registry office at the time of non-working days) it is necessary to receive a certified death certificate and death certificate (Form 33).
  • Call a funeral agent for an order of funeral services or address to the funeral home and personally make an order for funeral organization.

 during the daytime:

  • Call the district doctor to examine the corpse and for pronouncement of death and registration of the form of pronouncement of death. *
  • Call the police officer for protocol of necroscopy. *
  • With a form of pronouncement of death, protocol of necroscopy, health policy and medical history of the deceased (if it is in hand), passport of the deceased and passport of the applicant it is necessary to apply to the clinic for registration of medical death certificate or decision of autopsy. * *
  • In case of making a decision of autopsy, it is necessary to call a specialized vehicle for transportation of the corpse to the morgue (you can ask health care workers a phone number of a service of corpse transportation) *, and then with the passport of the deceased and the passport of the applicant it is necessary to apply to the morgue to which the corpse will be transported for registration of medical death certificate (after the corpse is brought to the morgue).
  • Upon receipt in the clinic or in the morgue the medical death certificate, it is necessary in the registry office to receive the certified death certificate and death certificate (Form 33).
  • Call a funeral agent for an order of funeral services or address to the funeral home and personally make an order for burial (cremation).

If the death occurred not at home (at smb’s, in the garden, in the country, in the village, in a country house, etc.):

  • Call the ambulance of the district where death occurred for pronouncement of death. *
  • Call the police officer of the district where the death occurred for protocol of necroscopy and a referral form for forensic autopsy. *
  • Get the form of pronouncement of death from health care workers and protocol of necroscopy from a police officer.
  • Call a specialized vehicle for transportation of the corpse to the morgue of the district where death occurred (if the police workers haven’t done that you can ask health care workers a phone number). *All the documents listed above (form of pronouncement of death, protocol of necroscopy and a referral form for forensic autopsy) the employees of service of corpse transportation take together with the corpse to the morgue.
  • With the passport of the deceased and the passport of the applicant apply to the morgue, where the corpse was taken to registration of the medical death certificate.
  • Upon receipt the medical certificate of death, it is necessary in the registry office to receive the certified death certificate and death certificate (Form 33).
  • If necessary, call a specialized vehicle for transportation of the deceased to another morgue (at place of residence). Keep in mind that without registration in the registry office the certified certificate it is not possible to transport the corpse to another morgue.
  • Call a funeral agent for an order of funeral services or address to the funeral home and personally make an order for funeral organization.

If the death occurred in the hospital:

  • If a person has died in a hospital, the consulting physician or a nurse shall notify his relatives and tell the phone number, so that you can ask in which morgue the deceased is and how to get a medical death certificate. *
  • Upon receipt of the medical certificate of death, in the registry office get the certified death certificate and death certificate (Form 33).
  • Call a funeral agent for an order of funeral services or address to the funeral home and personally make an order for burial (cremation).
  • The corpse of the deceased is kept in the hospital morgue till the transportation of the corpse to the city morgue or to the place of burial (cremation). Date and place of transportation should be set depending on the wishes of the relatives of the deceased.

If the death occurred in a public place:

If death occurred on the road or in the public place, the corpse of the deceased is sent to the medico-legal morgue, that is why when a relative or other loved one disappeared, you must contact the Office of accidents or the police. You will be notified the address of the medical-legal morgue where you can identify the corpse and obtain a conclusion about the cause of death. *

If the death was violent (accident, homicide, suicide, car accident, burns, drowning, fall from a height, etc.):

  • In case of violent death or suspicion to it the corpse must be taken to the medical-legal morgue. Police and prosecutors carry out the inspection upon death and in the result open a criminal case or refuse.
  • To bury the deceased you will need to obtain a police or the prosecutor's permit, depending on who made an inspection upon death. * You need to get a permit for burial before registration the death at the registry office.
  • Upon receipt of the medical death certificate, at the registry office at the place of residence of the deceased it is necessary to receive the certified death certificate and death certificate (Form 33).
  • Call a funeral agent for an order of funeral services or address to the funeral home and personally make an order for burial (cremation).

If the death occurred abroad:

In many foreign countries local law requires the death statement to be filed with the local registry office. In any case, it is recommended additionally to make a statement to the consulate of the country whose citizen had died, and ask to register the death. These formalities in the future will provide a death certificate in the country of residence of the deceased.

Transportation of the corpse of the deceased to his birthplace, the fulfillment of all the formalities make consulate, payment of the costs make relatives of the deceased.

2. What things you need to prepare for the morgue:

For a man:

  • underwear;
  • socks;
  • suit, shirt and tie;
  • shoes (or slippers);
  • shaver, eau de toilette (eau de cologne);
  • soap, comb, terry towel (small).

For a woman:

  • underwear;
  • stockings (or tights);
  • dress with long sleeves (suit or gown);
  • kerchief (not black);
  • shoes (or slippers);
  • eau de toilette, soap, comb, towel.

3. What documents are required for the funeral (cremation):

  • Form of pronouncement of death (issued by ambulance).
  • Medical death certificate (issued by a doctor or an employee of morgue).
  • Protocol of necroscopy (issued by a police officer).
  • Certified death certificate (issued by registry office employees).

Death certificate (Form 33).

  • Certificate for state funeral benefit (issued by registry officeemployees).
  • Contract for funeral services (issued by a funeral agent).

* Employees of these services will offer you the services of their funeral agents. It’s up to you to accept or refuse.

** Attention! Medical death certificate is issued by district clinics in those cases (not always), if after the last visit of the deceased to the doctor was no more than two weeks. (Corrections to the medical death certificate are not allowed, so check the information at once).

In all other cases, a medical death certificate is issued after the autopsy or medical-legal examination in the morgue.