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Arranging a Funeral

What to Do When Someone Dies


At Arlington Funeral Services, we understand that a bereavement in the family or of friends is a emotional and very difficult time. As experienced Funeral Directors in Stoke-on-Trent, we at Arlington Funeral Services have been trusted by families to make the necessary preparations, to allow family and friends time to reflect and grieve the loss of their loved one. Our role is to ensure that your arrangements are made according to your or the deceased wishes and are carried out with care, dignity, respect and reassurance. Our directors are here to listen and advise and guide you through this difficult time.

Many people are unsure of what to do following a bereavement. Here you can find out about registering the death and the start of making the funeral arrangements.

Unfortunately at some point during our lives we will all experience the loss of a loved one. It is quite common to be unsure what you need to do in the event of a death.  There are many decisions and arrangements to be made.  Arlington Funeral Services can guide you through this difficult time and assist you in making the funeral arrangements.  Ensuring all legal requirements are met following a death.

When a loved one dies at home or in a nursing home

Should the death occur at home or in a nursing home and has been expected the doctor which has been treating the deceased must be informed.  As long as the deceased has been seen by a doctor within the previous 14 days the doctor will attend the home or nursing home of the deceased to confirm the death.  Alternatively the doctor could give permission for the deceased to be taken to a funeral home should this be your wish.


When a loved one dies in hospital

If a relative who has been an in-patient at hospital dies, the doctors which have been treating the deceased will usually be able to issue the Medical Certificate of Cause of Death.  Ask the ward staff or doctor what you need to do to collect this certificate or contact Arlington Funeral Services for advice.

Most hospitals will provide family members the opportunity to sit with the deceased before transfer from the ward or private room.  There may be a chapel of rest at the hospital specifically for this purpose.  The deceased will then be taken to the mortuary from where they can then be collected by Arlington Funeral Services.


When a loved one dies unexpectedly

When somebody dies unexpectedly and they have not been under a doctor’s care it is quite normal for the doctor involved to inform the Coroner as standard procedure.  Arlington Funeral Services can liaise with the coroner on your behalf and advise you on the necessary procedures.

When a loved one dies abroad

Arlington Funeral Services are able to assist you with making all of the necessary arrangements in having your loved one brought home.

Please contact Arlington Funeral Services if you would like your loved one to be taken into our care.

For Funeral Directors Stoke talk to Arlington Funeral Services on 01782 818888
Footprints in the Sand
One night I dreamed I was walking along the beach with the Lord. Many scenes from my life flashed across the sky. In each scene I noticed footprints in the sand. Sometimes there were two sets of footprints, other times there were one set of footprints. This bothered me because I noticed that during the low periods of my life, when I was suffering from anguish, sorrow or defeat, I could see only one set of footprints. So I said to the Lord, "You promised me Lord, that if I followed you, you would walk with me always. But I have noticed that during the most trying periods of my life there have only been one set of footprints in the sand. Why, when I needed you most, you have not been there for me?" The Lord replied, "The times when you have seen only one set of footprints, is when I carried you." Copyright © 1984 Mary Stevenson, from original 1936 text, All rights reserved

Mary Stevenson

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