What to do when someone dies


It can be confusing to know what to do when someone dies. Corrigan and Sons Funeral Directors can help you with the first steps that need to be taken. Our wealth of experience dealing with funeral arrangements throughout Dublin will ensure that you understand all the procedures that need to be followed.

When the Death occurs at home

Inform the family Doctor as soon as possible. He/she may write out the Death Notification Form of cause of death after visiting the Deceased or request you attend the surgery to collect it.

When the death occurs in a hospice or hospital

The staff will inform you and help you obtain the Death Notification Form . They will also be available to help you with advice until you contact us to make the funeral arrangements.

Dealing with Death – Acceptance and Strength.

The death of someone close is not something that anyone gets over. In fact, it’s something that most people don’t want to get over. Getting over something implies forgetting about it and the last thing you’ll want to do is to forget about your wife, husband, father, mother, brother, sister or friend. This is turn does not mean that someone who has recently been bereaved should live by or in the past. The aim is to accept that they have gone, draw strength from the past and let go of the pain.

Strength comes from the memories of shared experiences. This can be the memories of single frivolous incidents that made both of your laugh, but perhaps more important are the memories of significant incidents that reinforced the beliefs and values that you shared in your relationship. Typically, these might include honesty, integrity, supportiveness, respect, trust and devotion.

These memories will help you in two ways. When you feel yourself slipping into pessimism and depression they will remind you of how you loved, and where you loved and will sustain you in difficult times.